It was a proud day for Maryland and for five distinguished members of the state bar last week when they were inducted into the hall of fame of the National Bar Association as the organization met in Baltimore for its 86th annual convention.
Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell was honored along with retired Court of Special Appeals Judge Arrie W. Davis and Baltimore-area lawyers David B. Allen, William H. “Billy” Murphy Jr., and John S. Wood.
Founded in 1925, the NBA is the nation’s largest and oldest association of predominantly black lawyers and judges. It considers people for its hall of fame after they have been bar members for at least 40 years and have contributed significantly to the cause of justice.
In selecting these five Marylanders, all of whom were admitted to the state bar in 1969, the association honored some of Maryland’s leading legal practitioners, whose accomplishments have won many accolades over the years. It is fitting that they were honored in this way and even more fitting that the honors were bestowed in Baltimore.
We join the National Bar Association in saluting them.