Goodell DeVries congratulates our partner, Kelly Hughes Iverson, on her outstanding year as President of the Bar Association of Baltimore City. Under Kelly's leadership, the Association has furthered its mission of providing full access for all to a fair and balanced legal system.
Kelly reflected on her term as President in her final column in the City Bar Report (May 2019):
As noted in earlier iterations of this column, the independence of the judiciary has long been a central tenet of our tripartite democracy, with our modern understanding dating back to the Federalist papers and earlier. It is with this in mind that our Association has striven, through good works and education, to promote the fair administration of justice through the independence of the judiciary, to encourage respect for the judicial branch of government in all walks of life, and to improve clients' interactions with the justice system by improving the skills and knowledge of the lawyers who represent them. To name only a few: our Historical Committee hosted well-attended seminars on the federal and state constitutions. Our YLD reached out to introduce City school children to mock trials. Courting Arts again hosts a reception for its finalists inside the courthouse. Our Legislation Committee will provide an overview of legislative changes this year. Our Substantive and Standing committees have hosted Continuing Legal Education programs in myriad areas of law. Senior Legal Services brought legal resources and more than 400 Baltimore City seniors together in one of the most successful Senior Law Day fairs to date. Our Pro Bono committees continue to work to improve access to quality legal services for all. All of these incremental steps support common goals: to provide full access for all to a fair and balanced legal system.
Kelly is the third Goodell DeVries partner to serve as President. The others were Tom Waxter (2008-2009) and Sid Leech (1989-1990). She is one of only ten women elected to lead the Association in its 140-year history.