The Honorable Pamela J. White, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, received an honorary doctor of law degree from Washington and Lee University (W&L) during the school’s undergraduate commencement exercises on Thursday, May 23.
White, who served as MSBA President from 2001-02, graduated from the W&L School of Law in 1977. During her studies, White was editor of the school’s Law Notes and a member of its Law Review.
“We are elated that Past President White’s exceptional involvement with her Alma Mater has been recognized by its Law School,” says MSBA Executive Director Paul V. Carlin. “Pam has distinguished herself as a mentor and model to so many law students over the years. She has always demonstrated great competence and diligence in all her involvements.”
The University, in its citation of White, deemed the Baltimore Judge a “civic and professional leader” and a “lifelong supporter of higher education.”
It continued: “A longtime supporter of legal services for the poor, you won acclaim for your own pro bono work and served the Maryland Legal Services Corp. You worked with the Judicial Campaign on Public Awareness and the Governor’s Drug-Free Workplace Initiative.”
White has remained involved with the Lexington, VA school throughout her career. White was the first alumna to serve on W&L’s Board of Trustees, which she did from 1995 to 2004. And White has been a member and the president of W&L’s Law Council.
The citation praised White’s legal work in discrimination, harassment, benefit disputes, wrongful discharges, and equal-pay violations prior to her appointment to the Circuit Court in 2007.
“Mentor to many, model to all,” read the citation. “It is our honor to bestow on you the degree of Doctor of Law, honoris causa.”