The Maryland State Bar Association (“MSBA”) is committed to promoting and encouraging diversity and inclusion within the legal profession. Our strength and success as a profession is driven by our members, who represent a diverse array of characteristics and backgrounds. We must celebrate and foster this diversity because it shapes our perspectives, broadens our capabilities, and enhances our ability to serve our clients and our communities. In furtherance of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, the MSBA established the Diversity and Inclusion Committee (the “Committee”).

The Committee is charged with executing this commitment in a manner that celebrates our differences and creates an environment in the MSBA in which all individuals are encouraged to join, thrive and lead the legal profession regardless of race, color, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other characteristic of identity.

The Committee creates, advances, and carries out diversity and inclusion initiatives within the MSBA and its various sections and committees. The Committee may partner with local and specialty bars to form diversity-related agendas to promote inclusion throughout the legal profession in Maryland. The Committee will also:

  • provide opportunities to celebrate firms and organizations that promote diversity and inclusion initiatives within their business objectives and practices;
  • monitor and report on diversity-related opportunities and challenges that concern the MSBA and the legal community in Maryland; and
  • seek to accomplish its objective through evidence-based issue identification, advocacy, member education, and engagement.

The Committee’s core objective is to foster and maintain a diverse and inclusive culture within the MSBA. In particular, the Committee works to promote, advance, and support the full and equal participation of professionals across all elements of identity within the MSBA and the legal profession. The Committee works to promote respect and understanding of all individuals, particularly those representing groups that have been historically subject to discrimination, exclusion, or underrepresentation.





Recent Programs

I Can’t Connect: Finding New Ways to Forge Connections
Experienced practitioners, members of the bench, and Marylanders will discuss the impact of virtual hearings on different communities across the State of Maryland. Former Chief Judge Barbera serves as moderator, and the panel features:

  • Hon. E. Gregory Wells, Chief Judge Designate, Maryland Court of Special Appeals
  • Natasha M. Dartigue, Esq., Deputy District Public Defender, Baltimore City
  • Pilar C, Nichols, Esq., Principal, Offit Kurman
  • Amy L. Petkovsek, Esq., Deputy Chief Counsel, Maryland Legal Aid
  • Legal Aid client

Coffee Chat with MSBA President Scurti

  • Hon. Pamila Brown, Howard County District Court. MSBA Past President (2015-16)
  • Harry S. Johnson, Esquire, Partner, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP, MSBA Past President (2003-04)
  • Hon. Bibi M. Berry, Montgomery County Circuit Court
  • Hon. Monise Brown, Family Magistrate, Charles County Circuit Court

Making Yourself Relevant – How to Thrive as an Attorney in Turbulent Times
Panelists will present tools and strategies for improving business development, networking, productivity, wellness and other areas throughout the pandemic. Panelists: Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C, Director, MSBA Lawyer Assistance Program Pilar Nichols, Principal, Offit Kurman Alycia Sutor, Managing Director, GrowthPlay Moderators: Hon. Michael W. Reed, Court of Special Appeals Mark Jaskulski, Assistant State’s Attorney, Baltimore City

African Americans in the Law in Maryland
An overview of the history of African Americans in the Law in Maryland and the struggle to gain access to the courts.

Committee’s Inaugural Conference

Committee Event: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats – Transformative Steps to a More Inclusive Profession
This event focuses on the importance of diversity and inclusion within the legal profession and the Bar, with a keynote speaker, listening session, and roundtable discussions.

Committee Roster


For a full roster of committee members, visit the MSBA Member Directory.


Darryl Tarver

Pilar Nichols

Now Announcing: MSBA Connect

Online Discussion Platform Upgrade

MSBA is now offering your committee access to MSBA Connect, our new online discussion community exclusively for members. This new tool will replace the current Email Discussion Lists (more commonly referred to as the MSBA’s ListServs) as we modernize our online presence. MSBA Connect will provide members with a more functional and reliable means of connecting with each other well into the future.

Make sure you’re logged in with the email you use for your MSBA account and click the button below. You’ll find detailed FAQs and “How-To” videos to help you get started.

Access MSBA Connect