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April 19, 2022

Judge Pamila J. Brown to receive ABA Liberty Achievement

CHICAGO, April 20, 2022 —The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will honor Pamila J. Brown, district administrative judge for the District Court of Maryland, with its Liberty Achievement Award. This award celebrates lawyers and judges who have spent their career actively promoting diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.

The award, sponsored by Thomson Reuters, will be presented to Brown at a reception from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor on April 27 during the TIPS Section Conference.

“Thomson Reuters is proud of its ongoing support of TIPS, and we are honored to present this year’s Liberty Achievement Award to Judge Brown,” said Thomas Kim, Thomson Reuters chief legal officer and company secretary. “Whether on the bench, as a lawyer, as a law school or judicial school faculty member and lecturer, or leading a legal organization, Judge Brown has dedicated her career to making an impact in the lives of citizens and legal professionals, and especially legal professionals of color. I can’t imagine a more fitting recipient to be honored for promoting diversity in the law.”

Brown served as an associate judge in Howard County, Maryland, from 2002-17. She was named administrative judge in 2017 and presides over civil, criminal, domestic and traffic cases as well as administrative matters. Prior to her appointment Brown served as principal counsel and Maryland assistant attorney general and as an assistant city solicitor in the Baltimore City Law Department.

She has been deeply involved in the community and is a past president of the Metropolitan Baltimore YWCA, and the first woman of color to serve as president of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and the Howard County Bar Associations. She is the recipient of the Torch Bearer Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and is a frequent lecturer on ethics, tort liability, litigation techniques and trial advocacy, gender equity, domestic violence, traffic matters, implicit bias and diversity and inclusion, civics education and professionalism.

Brown has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore Law School and on the faculty of the Maryland Judicial College and the National Judicial College. Long active in the ABA, she is a former chair of the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, a member of the Task Force on Human Trafficking and is currently on the Board of Governors. She has served on the board of the Maryland Bar Foundation and is former president of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Click here for a photo of Judge Pamila J. Brown.

The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has over 10,000 members and more than 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS website,

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.