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Salsburys give $800K to endow trial advocacy position at UMB

Stuart and Suzanne Salsbury are creating new opportunities for students at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in the area of trial advocacy.

Suzanne and Stuart Salsbury. (Submitted photo)

The couple is donating $800,000 to endow the Salsbury Director of Trial Advocacy position to manage the law school’s trial team program. The law school will also establish the Salsbury Trial Competition, an internal event that will provide a platform for students to test and exhibit their advocacy skills.

The position has been filled by Ben Garmoe, who was previously the team’s part-time managing director. In 2021, Garmoe led the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s mock trial team to defeat Yale University and win the American Mock Trial Association National Championship for the first time in program history. Since Garmoe came on full-time this fall, the team has seen growth and success, taking first place in Quinnipiac School of Law’s Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition in October.

Ben Garmoe

The Salsburys, who received the 2021 UMB Catalyst for Excellence Award along with their son Benjamin Salsbury and daughter-in-law Rebecca Salsbury, attended the law school in the early 1970s and thrived in the moot court program, but missed the chance to be on a trial team.

The Salsburys have both spent their careers as litigators. Before retiring in 2011, Suzanne practiced for 37 years in the Juvenile and Child Support divisions of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office.

Suzanne was the first assistant state’s attorney in Maryland to job share with a partner. Following a federal clerkship, Stuart joined the law firm of Israelson, Pines & Jackson, which ultimately became Salsbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder & Adkins LLC. He has practiced as a trial lawyer for more than four decades and concentrates his work with medical malpractice attorneys, previously serving as president of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association and on the Board of Governors for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

In addition to Ben, Jessica is continuing in the family business in immigration law since she graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2005.