Brittany Gause, who moved to Baltimore as an adult in 2015, attributes a lot of her ability to make a difference in a city that is relatively new to her to her decision to get involved in a specialty bar association. Gause, who moved to Baltimore to work at the Office of the Public Defender, wanted to find a way to meet people in a new city and to continue her commitment to serve others. She attended an event to welcome new attorneys to the Maryland Bar that was hosted by the Monumental City Bar Association (MCBA) and the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys.
“I received such a warm welcome that I immediately joined and became involved,” Gause said of the MCBA.
The group is Baltimore’s oldest and largest specialty bar association. With headquarters in Baltimore, the Monumental City Bar Association has a long and rich history as an advocate for African-American attorneys and for the interests of the city’s African-American community. Gause said she fulfills many of her aspirations as a young lawyer through membership in the MCBA. She worked with the group’s Judicial Selection Committee, which interviews candidates for judicial appointments to courts throughout the state and makes recommendations.
Gause also began working with the MCBA’s Young Lawyers Committee and is now the committee chair.
“As the chair I have helped organize events, including the New Admittees’ Reception, Election Protection and Get Out the Vote events,” Gause said, adding that she also holds career discussions with students from local middle schools.
Gause’s involvement with the MCBA has been a catalyst for other partnerships. At a recent event at the Harambee Center, the MCBA joined with Jewish Volunteer Connection, part of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, to help children create bags of toiletries and supplies for the homeless. MCBA members were generous with donations and time, both contributing supplies and volunteering for the event. Gause also has increased her involvement with the Maryland State Bar Association through its Leadership Academy, which trains young lawyers for leadership positions within the organization.
No longer with the Office of the Public Defender, Gause is now a civil defense attorney. She is often in court and preparing for trials.
“I have since transitioned to working with Allstate Staff Counsel Office, which has allowed me to dedicate more time to volunteering and being involved with various bar associations,” Gause said. “I have a great office that encourages community involvement and professional development.”
Gause says the MCBA has helped her grow professionally and personally: “I enjoy having a career that I love and having the flexibility to work in the community and help others. It allows me to truly feel like I am making a difference.”