Faculty Special Achievements

  • Melinda Douglas, Esq., Chief Defender in the Alexandria, Virginia Public Defender's Office and adjunct professor of law in the Trial Advocacy Program at American University's Washington College of Law, was presented the highly prestigious 2012 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award. The award was presented by the Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section on February 3, 2012 in Williamsburg, Virginia. She is the first woman to Receive this award .
  • The Harry L. Carrico Award is named for the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia who promoted the ideals of professionalism during his 42 years on the state's highest court, and is given to an attorney, judge, or lay person who has made a singular and unique contribution to the administration of justice in Virginia. Ms. Douglas has served on numerous task forces on criminal law and was the past Chair of the Criminal Section of the State Bar. She was also recognized in 2010 as a Leader in Law by the Virginia Lawyers Weekly. According to a group letter signed by federal defenders and submitted on Ms. Douglas' behalf, her "singular and unique contribution to the Commonwealth is that by paying attention to each individual attorney, intern, and client that passes through her office, she has improved the system of criminal justice in the Commonwealth of Virginia."

  • Mark Austrian, Esq. published the following articles:

    Austrian and Krolewski, “Basic Steps In E-discovery Preparation: Creating The Team And Knowing When To Pull The Trigger,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel ( January 2011).

     

    Austrian and Krolewski, “Basic Steps In E-discovery Continued: Knowing Where “Stuff” Is And Planning To Retain It,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (March 2011).

     

    Austrian and Krolewski, “Basic Steps In E-discovery Continued: Legal Hold Policies Where Information Is Within The Company, In A Cloud Or On A Social Media Site,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (April 2011)

     

    Austrian, “Managing Litigation in Patent Cases to Reduce Cost," IP Litigator (August 2009)

    Austrian and Ryan, “Cloud Computing Meets E-Discovery” Cyberspace Lawyer (July 2009)

  • Mark Austrian received a favorable decision in a case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The court's decision requires U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide proper notice and allow for a comment period before unilaterally changing the ground rules regarding imported and exported products. The ruling also requires Customs to extend the same protections and preferences equally to all companies with the same products.
  • Mark Austrian, Esq. was intervewed by The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel on controlling eDiscovery costs.
    Controlling Legal Costs - Law Firms: Do Your Bit To Control Runaway E-Discovery Costs
  • Audrey Anne Creighton was appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley on July 23, 2010 as Judge for the District Court for Montgomery County. Judge Creighton will fill a vacancy created by the elevation of the Honorable Cheryl A. McCally to the Circuit Court.  Judge Creighton has been an Assistant Public Defender for the State of Maryland since 1990.  Prior to working for the Office of the Public Defender, Ms. Creighton was an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Division of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.  She also worked in civil litigation for the law firm of Rabineau & Peregoff.  Ms. Creighton is a past president of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association. 

  • Court of Appeals Judge Irma Raker Receives National Award

    (Annapolis, MD May 1, 2007) Judge Irma S. Raker of the Maryland Court of Appeals has been chosen to receive the 2007 Margaret Brent Award from the American Bar Association (ABA). Judge Raker represents the 7th Appellate Circuit (Montgomery County) on the state's highest court. Each year, the ABA presents the Margaret Brent Award to five women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence while influencing other women to pursue legal careers, opening doors for women lawyers in job settings that historically have been closed to them, and advancing opportunities for women within the profession of law. The award is named for Margaret Brent, the first woman lawyer in America. Brent arrived in the colonies in 1638, and in 1648 demanded a "vote and voice" in the Maryland Assembly -- which the governor denied. This is the 17th year for the award.

    Judge Raker is only the second woman in the well-over-two-hundred-year history of the Court to serve on this, the State s highest court, and she has proven to be a great asset, said Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals. She is an assiduous worker, an effective, scholarly, and articulate opinion writer, a willing team player, and a very valuable colleague. Her career has been characterized by efforts to further the understanding of justice and an unwavering commitment to excellence, particularly as it relates to the education of lawyers and judges.

  • Doug Gansler, Esq. was sworn in as Maryland's Attorney General on January 2, 2007.
    Gansler sworn in as State Attorney General
  • Judge Nelson Rupp was awarded the 2006 Leadership in the Law Award by the Maryland publication The Daily Record.
  • Judge Michael Algeo was awarded the 2005 Leadership in the Law Award by the Maryland publication The Daily Record.
  • H. Keneth Armstrong, Esq. was selected to:

    Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2009
    Maryland Super Lawyers 2009
    Maryland Super Lawyers 2008
    Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2008
    Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2007

  • Barry Helfand, Esq. was selected to:

    Maryland Super Lawyers 2009
    Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2009
    Maryland Super Lawyers 2008
    Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2008

  • Paul Stein, Esq. was elected to
    Best Lawyers 2011
    Washington, DC Super Lawyers
    Maryland Super Lawyers 2011