Pamila Brown ’76

2009 Distinguished Citizen Award

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When Pamila Brown was an eighth grader, the trial of civil rights activist H. Rap Brown took place in her hometown of Bel Air, Maryland, and she witnessed renowned defense lawyer and civil rights activist William Kunstler in the courtroom. The experience convinced her that she could make a difference in the world as a lawyer.

Further inspired by her classes with professors Ted Mitau, Chuck Green, and Dorothy Dodge, Brown went on to earn her law degree at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She served in the justice system in various capacities with the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, and in private practice before being appointed to the bench as associate judge for the District Court in Howard, Maryland, in 2002.

Brown is a frequent lecturer on topics from gender equity and tort liability to ethics, and she has assumed numerous professional and community roles dedicated to improving the lives of others. She currently serves as chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence. She is past president of the Baltimore YWCA, and she received their Leadership Award in 2008 and their Eleanor Hood Gross Award in 1993. In 2005, The Daily Record presented her with its Leadership in the Law Award.

Louisa Chapman ’75 wrote, "Pamila has dedicated professional time to issues important to incarcerated prisoners in need of legal assistance, children thrust into the state foster care system, and committees focused on the support of women and minorities in the legal profession."

Brown credits her family, husband Christopher and twins Marissa and Matthew, with delighting and grounding her, and supporting her in her work as a jurist.