The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has honored Chris Brown, a partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy, with the 2012 Elisabeth Gilman Award for his commitment and impact as general counsel of the ACLU and his lifetime of legal service to civil liberties and ACLU clients. Brown served as the ACLU board chair from 1980 until 1991 and the ACLU of Maryland’s general counsel from 1995 to present. During his years at the helm, the ACLU legal program staff grew by ten-fold. The ACLU of Maryland has also created a C. Christopher Brown Award to honor those who, like him, have made a significant contribution to the legal work of the ACLU of Maryland. This year’s recipient of the C. Christopher Brown Award is Carol O. Snowden.
Earl Adams Jr., of counsel in DLA Piper’s litigation and government affairs practices, has been appointed to the President’s Advisory Council of the Greater Baltimore Committee. The GBC is an organization of more than 500 businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational and civic institutions whose mission is to improve the business climate in the Baltimore region. Adams also has been appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board of directors. At DLA Piper, Adams focuses on representing clients before all branches of state and local government, including various administrative agencies, and in development transactions involving public-private partnerships. Before joining DLA Piper, he served as chief of staff to Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown for nearly five years.
Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, of Baltimore, has added four lawyers to the firm, including a new partner. Anne McKenna, a national leader in Internet and Internet privacy law, is joining the firm as a partner. Previously, she was a principal with Toomey McKenna. She lectures regularly and makes frequent media appearances on the subjects of Internet and cellular privacy. She is an adjunct professor at Catholic University of America, where she teaches privacy, surveillance and media law. Phillip Closius, former dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law, will serve as an adviser to the firm’s appellate and constitutional law practice groups. Steven Kelly will focus his practice in the area of victim’s rights and catastrophic injury litigation. Before joining Silverman Thompson, Kelly worked at Miles & Stockbridge P.C. Leanne Lauenstein will represent individuals and entities in criminal defense matters. She is a former assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore County.
Shawe & Rosenthal LLP has named Teresa Teare as partner with the Baltimore firm. Teare represents employers in all aspects of employment law and counsels them on strategies and best practices to limit potential liability exposure. She regularly provides seminars on employment-related topics and has published articles for the American Bar Association and the Society for Human Resource Management.
R. Michael Smith has joined the Towson firm Bowie & Jensen LLC in its employment law practice. Smith has represented clients in litigation in matters pertaining to employment discrimination, wrongful termination, wage-hour disputes, workplace safety, collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, labor arbitrations and employee benefits. Smith is the recipient of the Samuel E. Klein Pro Bono Award for exceptional pro bono activities, including the representation of Afghan nationals detained at Guantanamo Bay.
The Maryland Legal Services Corp. has selected its 2012 MLSC Legal Services Award recipients: Robert M. Bell Medal for Access to Justice —Herbert S. Garten, Fedder and Garten PA; Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award —Peter A. Holland, Holland Law Firm; Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award —Brenda Bratton Blom, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and Lisae C. Jordan, Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault;
William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award —John Wheeler, Maryland Disability Law Center; Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award —Maryland Office of the Attorney General.