In April, Wanda A. Calvin Claiborne celebrated her 30th year with the Maryland State Bar Association. After graduating from Morgan State University with a radio and television production degree, she took a job at the MSBA as an office clerk. Her plan was to work there for a few months, and then “move on to bigger and better things.” Now, having been the MSBA’s Director of Meetings for more than 23 years, members have come to rely on Wanda as the go-to person for meetings at the MSBA.
According to Paul Carlin, the MSBA’s outgoing executive director who has worked with Wanda during her entire career at the MSBA, Wanda has shown incredible initiative, focus and dedication to all of her work over the years, is a highly respected part of the MSBA staff, and “represents a key pillar in the structure of the MSBA.”
Wanda handles all of the details of the MSBA’s major meetings, including the Annual Meeting, the Midyear Meeting and the Bar Presidents’ Conference. She is professional, has a positive attitude and always has a plan “B”. For example, when the power went out a Panamanian resort hosting the Midyear Meeting a few years ago, Wanda’s coordination of the change in plans was seamless. She recently analogized her satisfaction in coordinating major meetings with preparing Thanksgiving dinner, saying “and then you put everything on the table that you have spent so much time and energy preparing, and finally everything’s done and you get to watch your family enjoy what you have prepared. That’s the most rewarding.”
For 18 years, she also handled all of the details of the professionalism courses, and more recently, has had the primary staff involvement with the Leadership Academy. She also provides guidance to the MSBA committees she works with.
In addition to all of her other responsibilities, Wanda promptly responds to member inquiries – at almost any time of day or night. In the context of a 25,000-plus member organization, this is no small feat and is further testament to her dedication to the Bar.
Dealing with countless numbers of lawyers and judges on a daily basis must be a challenge, but Wanda takes it in stride, with professionalism and tact.
Wanda, we thank you for your continued commitment to the MSBA and its members, congratulate you on your professional success during the past 30 years. As the beneficiaries of your service, we look forward to many more “Thanksgiving dinners” prepared by you.
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