ABA Diversity Award
Professors Michael Meyerson ()left ) and Michael Higginbotham (right), pictured with the ABA Diversity Leadership Award, held by Lenora Giles, administrator for the Fannie Angelos Program.
The University of Baltimore School of Law's Fannie Angelos Program—the most successful program of its kind for legal education—earned the prestigious Diversity Leadership Award by the American Bar Association for 2017. The Fannie Angelos Program was honored for "promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession," according to a letter from the ABA to the school. The award was presented to the Fannie Angelos Program on May 3, 2017 during the ABA Section of Litigation's annual conference in San Francisco.
Michael Higginbotham and Michael Meyerson, the Laurence M. Katz Professor of Law and the DLA Piper Professor of Law, respectively, are the co-founders of the Program and are known in the law school as "the two Mikes" for their solidarity in strengthening the diversity program since its inception in 1995. In 2014 the Program was renamed to honor the legendary Baltimore lawyer Fannie Angelos, LL.B. '51, who wanted her legacy to be about finding talented young lawyers and inspiring them to overcome obstacles on their path to becoming great litigators and advocates.
The Fannie Angelos Program represents a revolutionary approach for addressing the lack of diversity in legal education and the legal profession. It has established a collaboration between the School of Law and Maryland's four historically black colleges and universities—Bowie State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Coppin State University and Morgan State University.
The Fannie Angelos Program in the News!
READ articles in The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post.
READ the Baltimore Law Fall 2017 issue, featuring a cover story on the Angelos Program.
WATCH interview about the annual gala on Fox 45.
LISTEN to a feature program on WYPR's On the Record morning show.