Judge Pamila Brown assuming presidency of Md. Bar Assoc. in June. (Courtesy Photo)

Associate Judge Pamila Brown, the first African-American woman elected to the presidency of the Maryland State Bar Association, will be honored by the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA) of Maryland at a reception Feb. 27. The event is to celebrate the historic president-elect as she prepares to officially take over the role of president this June.

Brown is a Maryland native, having been born in Havre de Grace according to her official state bio, and spent the first half-decade of her legal career working in various capacities in Baltimore City, including serving as the director of inmate legal services for the Baltimore City Jail from 1979-81, and as an assistant city solicitor from 1981-6.

Brown then moved on to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, followed by a stint as a deputy counsel to the State Treasurer. Brown has served as an associate judge for the District Court of Maryland in Howard County since 2002.

“ is going to be the first woman of color to be president of the , which is a big deal to Alliance because one of goals is to promote African American women in the legal community, and . . . this is an opportunity we didn’t want to pass up to celebrate and honor her for this achievement.” said Taren Stanton, president of the ABWA, of the reception which will be held at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Brown’s alma mater.

The reception is open to the public and tickets may be purchased for $55 at http://www.msba.org/resources/localandspecialtybars/abwa/join.aspx.