Pamela J. White will be installed as President of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) on June 16, 2001, during MSBA's Annual Meeting in Ocean City, Maryland. A principal with the Baltimore law firm Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, White will lead the 20,000 volunteer attorney member Association for the next twelve months.
White will be joined by MSBA officers: President-Elect James P. Nolan, managing director of the law firm Council, Baradel, Kosmerl & Nolan; Treasurer Harry S. Johnson, a partner in the law firm Whiteford, Taylor & Preston; and Secretary Cornelius Helfrich, a solo practitioner in Harford County.
MSBA's new President has been one of the leaders in the Association's professionalism initiative and in Maryland's Bar/Bench gender equality movement. White will focus on legal education, professionalism, ethics, gender equality and public service. She plans to promote Maryland lawyers, enhance the practice of law and pursue the ideals of legal professionalism.
A graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law, White was admitted to practice in Maryland in 1977 and joined the Baltimore law firm Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, where she now heads the firm's Employment Law Group. Her areas of emphasis include the defense of employers and the pursuit of claims of executives as to matters of wrongful discharge, implied contracts, unlawful discrimination and defamation, as well as collective bargaining and labor arbitration for employers.
White, who most recently served as MSBA's President-Elect, has received many honors including the Maryland Bar Foundation's Professional Legal Excellence Award for the Advancement of Professional Competence.