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Sangree honored by municipal lawyers group

Suzanne Sangree, now chief of police legal affairs, says the police commissioner and deputy commissioner ‘are really invested in the kinds of reforms that would reduce liability.’ (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Suzanne Sangree

Suzanne Sangree, chief of police legal affairs with the Baltimore City Law Department, is being honored this week during the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas.

Sangree will be receiving the 2015 Joseph I. Mulligan Distinguished Public Service Award, which honors a local government attorney for “significant and surpassing achievements in the field of local government law.” She is the second consecutive winner and third in the last seven years from the city’s Law Department: Gwen Tromley, chief solicitor in the litigation won the award last year; City Solicitor George A. Nilson won the award in 2008.

Nilson, in his nominating letter, cited Sangree’s work in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death, noting she and her legal team “have been at the epicenter of an array of complex legal challenges requiring 24/7 attention.”

“The challenges she has faced and her performance as a public lawyer under stress and fire are what this award is all about,” Nilson wrote.

Sangree has been with the Law Department since 2007. Previously, she worked as director of appellate advocacy for the Public Justice Center Inc.