Insightful Voices, a podcast by the Maryland State Bar Association, aims to cover a variety of topics affecting the legal profession, including current events, a look back at the last 125 years, and conversations with thought leaders.
Change Maker: Hon. Andrea Leahy on Diversifying the MD Judiciary
The Brennan Center for Justice's State Supreme Court Diversity Update issued in May 2023 presented new data showing that Maryland continues to have one of the nation's most diverse state supreme courts. According to the most recent Report, the Maryland judiciary is unique in its racial, gender, and experiential diversity, with 43% of Maryland's high court justices identifying as people of color and 57% as women. Notably, in 20 states, no single member of the state supreme court identified as a person of color. This begs the question, how did Maryland's judiciary become a national model for diversity? In these limited edition podcasts based on the Spark Series, we are joined by one of the prime architects of our diverse judiciary, the Hon. Andrea Leahy. Judge Leahy shares with us her on-the-ground perspective of navigating this sea-change in the Maryland judiciary.
03 Navigating COVID-19 in the Workplace Now
The MSBA speaks with Scott Mirsky, a labor and employment lawyer, and Principal with Paley Rothman, about navigating mask and vaccine issues in the workplace as the pandemic continues.
02 A Conversation with the U.S. Attorney for Maryland
Erek Baron, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland sits down with M. Natalie McSherry, President of the MSBA and Principal at Kramon & Graham, to discuss his journey from private to public service, as well as his current role as United States Attorney. Baron also shares thoughts on the rule of law, the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, and the importance of connectivity, mentorship and involvement with professional organizations as a key component of personal development and career growth.
01 How to Think Like a Lawyer in Life and Civic Engagement
UB Law professor, author and legal analyst Kim Whele discusses her approach to helping us understand the role that lawyerly analysis can play in everyday decision making, not just in politics or legal actions. Professor Wehle discusses her three books on the Constitution, Voting, and Thinking Like a Lawyer, and the role of legal education in helping to sustain a democracy.