As we celebrate Chief Judge Barbera’s retirement from the bench this fall, we are given an opportunity to reflect on her notable achievements and lasting legacy. She has worked tirelessly during her tenure to increase the courts’ efficiency, promote racial justice in the civil and criminal justice system, and most recently, expertly navigate the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic in Maryland courts.

MSBA is proud to celebrate this retirement and honor Chief Judge Barbera’s decades of distinguished service to the bench, bar, and community. We will honor Chief Judge Barbera in a variety of ways, including a gala event in September (tickets available below). We welcome you to explore this page to see tributes and honors, and to share a message for the Chief Judge below.


Chief Judge Barbera Retirement Gala Dinner

September 9, 2021 at the College Park Marriott

On September 9, 2021, we invite fully vaccinated members of our legal community back in person as we toast to Chief Judge Barbera at a Retirement Gala Dinner celebrating her notable achievements.

Tables and Sponsorships are available – please contact Shaoli Katana at


Share a Written Tribute to Chief Judge Barbera

We invite you to submit your memories and reflections about Chief Judge Barbera here. We’ll be sharing these memories on this site and in a written tribute to her. We encourage you to share any photographs or videos with your submission, as well as your name and other identifying information.

Note: If you prefer that we do not use this information publicly but only share it privately with Chief Judge Barbera, please indicate that on the form below.