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Law School Dean’s Convocation to Include Visit by Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor

7 September 2011 No Comment

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

The law school will celebrate its new name—the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law—during a dean’s convocation Sept. 16 that will feature alumni awards and a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.   

Sotomayor, the first Hispanic member of the court, was appointed by President Obama to replace retiring Justice David Souter in 2009. She will address questions from students on legal issues during what will be the first visit to the law school by a sitting member of the Supreme Court since Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended the dedication of the new law school building in 2002.

The celebration marks the addition of “Francis King Carey” to the name of the School. The renaming was prompted by a $30 million gift, announced in April, from the W.P. Carey Foundation. Carey, an 1880 graduate of the law school who became a prominent attorney and civic leader in Maryland, was the grandfather of Carey Foundation founder William Polk Carey.  

“This is a joyous, transformational moment for the law school,” says Dean Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM. “We are honored that Justice Sotomayor and so many other distinguished guests will be joining us for the first of what we hope will be many fall convocations at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.”

The dean’s convocation, beginning at 4 p.m., will include an alumni awards celebration and an address by Haddon. U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin, JD ’67, a School of Law alumnus and founder of the School’s Cardin Requirement, which mandates that students provide legal services to the public, also will take part in the convocation.

A business pioneer, Francis King Carey served on numerous corporate and civic boards and helped to start two large and successful law firms, now named Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, and DLA Piper. 

Carey was also a legal scholar who wrote what became the standard text on domestic relations law. Biographers also have noted Carey’s deep sense of personal and business ethics, a trait carried on by his descendants.

“‘Doing good while doing well’ means that when we are financing properties for companies we are also helping the communities those companies serve,” says William Polk Carey, chair of the investment company and charitable foundation that bear his name. “It is important to always ask, ‘What is the impact of what we are doing? What is good for society? What is good for the country?’”

For more information on Francis King Carey, visit the law school Web page www.law.umaryland.edu/marshall/specialcollections/FrancisKingCarey.  

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