The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is a driving force in legal education, scholarship, and research. Combining traditional legal education with innovative experiential programs, we cultivate outstanding professionals prepared for productive leadership and professional roles in law, public service, business, and government. In their capacity as scholars, our distinguished faculty contribute to the development of law-related knowledge and enhance understanding of the functioning of law and justice. We underscore our public responsibilities as lawyers and our connection to the broader community by expanding access to justice, providing pro bono legal services, and serving as a resource for members of the profession and others who work to achieve justice and a better-functioning society.
Doubled Our Endowment
We doubled our endowment from $57 million to $114 million, expanding opportunities for faculty and students and securing the school’s initiatives for future generations.
Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice
Established with a $5 million gift from Marco and Debbie Chacón, the Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice is dedicated to improving the lives of immigrants and their families while providing invaluable training for future lawyers. The center’s work focuses on direct representation and impact litigation on issues of asylum and the intersection of criminal and immigration law, paying special attention to the legally, ethically, and psychologically complex situations that straddle these disciplines.
Salsbury Director of Trial Advocacy
Longtime Maryland Carey Law supporters Stuart Salsbury, JD ’71, and Suzanne Salsbury, JD ’73, endowed a new position — the Salsbury Director of Trial Advocacy — to ensure the sustainability and strength of the school’s national trial team and support students honing their courtroom skills through competitions across the country.
New Endowed Professorships
Growth in endowed professorships has allowed Maryland Carey Law to continue enhancing our tradition of excellence in legal scholarship, research, and recruitment of the nation’s top legal minds. Newly established professorships include the Michael Millemann Professorship in Consumer Law, the Oscar Gray Fellows, the Donald B. Tobin Professorship, and the Francis King Carey Endowed Professorship in Business Law.
Increased Student Scholarships
More than 20 new scholarship endowments were created during the campaign, including the Honorable Elijah E. Cummings ’76 Scholarship Endowment and the Diversity and Inclusion Scholars Initiative. Maryland Carey Law scholarships allow us to attract top students, increase access to an affordable legal education, and enable students to pursue impactful, fulfilling careers without the burden of student debt.
Women’s Leadership Circle Established
The Women’s Leadership Circle, established to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Women, Leadership, and Equality program, will enable Maryland Carey Law to make even greater strides toward improving gender equality in the legal profession, enhancing curricular offerings and providing mentoring, networking, leadership training, and other professional development opportunities to students, alumni, and the broader legal community.