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Honoring young professionals — and learning from them

On Wednesday, Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art will be bustling with 29 up-and-coming young professionals and their support systems — parents, siblings, friends, employers and colleagues. The Daily Record’s 20 In Their Twenties has given young professionals a chance to have their workplace accomplishments and civic involvement to be highlighted and praised throughout the state.

Most of us under the age of 30 have yet to argue a big Court of Appeals case, or created a smartphone app, or started a thriving business bringing in millions of dollars, but it’s nice to know that even the little things we do can have an impact.

I attended this event last year and was thrilled to see so many of my classmates and peers be honored for their pro bono and volunteer work. I thought the event was very well organized, the food was delicious (I especially enjoyed the samosas) and it was kept classy without being “stuffy.” It was actually at this event last year I was asked by Danny Jacobs to be a Generation J.D. blogger. So I guess this is our anniversary, Danny! (Editor’s note: Happy anniversary to you, too!)

I highly suggest going to events like these (and not just ones by The Daily Record), because unlike most of the Bar association happenings I talk about, these events are filled with professionals from a variety of different backgrounds. It’s a nice change of pace to connect with someone who does not practice the same kind of law as you or, even better, work in the same industry as you. I enjoy hearing about the trials and tribulations of an elementary school teacher or a financial planner and knowing that young professionals all over the state are dealing with very similar challenges in and out of the work place. You never know what these connections may lead to in the future.

So, congratulations to my fellow winners, and a special shout-out to my Federal Hill crew: Amber Rose, Tina Beliveau, Jay Turakhia, Melissa Garcia, Charles Cawte, Julia Marrocco, and Jason Cheung. Oh, and one of my first friends from law school, David Muncy, who wanted to wear matching “Dumb and Dumber” tuxedos for the photo shoot.