Chief Judge Barbera Retirement Gala Dinner



Join us for an evening celebrating the notable achievements and the retirement of Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, who 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 previously postponed the September 2021 event, in consultation with the Event Planning Committee, chaired by Judge Shannon Avery, and with full concurrence by Chief Judge Barbera, due to Covid concerns. We invite you to join us for the celebration on May 5, 2022. Sponsors, registrants and event partners will maintain their previously secured role and participation level in the event to be held. Your access and privileges associated with your participation level will not be affected. We invite additional members of the legal community to purchase tickets or sponsorships and join us for the gala.

MSBA members will have an opportunity to connect with colleagues and judges from a variety of practice sectors and jurisdictions throughout the evening. The event includes an outdoor cocktail hour, dinner and presentations in a ventilated ballroom, and outdoor dessert bar. If there is inclement weather, the pre- and post-dinner activities will take place in a large, well-ventilated space inside the venue.

Venue: College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd E., Hyattsville, MD 20783 US

Note: We have had an overwhelming response to the event and reached capacity in the main ballroom. We have expanded the event to accommodate more individuals and firms in an overflow ballroom across the hall from the main ballroom. Much of the event will take place outdoors and allow plenty of time for you to mingle with your peers, with a one hour cocktail reception preceding dinner and a one and a half hour dessert/drinks reception following dinner. We will be livestreaming the programming and speeches from the main ballroom to the overflow ballroom during dinner, so you won’t miss a moment of the celebration.

  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Reception and Cocktail Hour
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Dinner and Presentations
  • 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Dessert Bar

Tables and sponsorships are available – please contact Angela Munro at

We are excited to welcome fully vaccinated members of our legal community back in person as we toast to Chief Judge Barbera. If you feel unwell, are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, or are Covid-positive, please stay home. We will share highlights from the event virtually for you to enjoy at a later time. MSBA follows CDC Guidelines, Maryland State Regulations, and venue specific regulations for all in-person events. For all in-person attendees, MSBA requires verification of Covid status and vaccination prior to entry. MSBA will share instructions with registrants via email.


*Article about Chief Judge Barbera in the Maryland Bar Journal 

*Tribute to Chief Judge Barbera in the Maryland Law Review 



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If you are unable to purchase tickets online, please contact MSBA at or call 410-685-7878.

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Blvd E
Hyattsville, MD 20783 US
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Event Information
May 5, 2022
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Blvd E
Hyattsville, MD 20783 US