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Congratulations to the 2023 Alumni Awards recipients. Honorees are selected by members of the Alumni Board Awards Committee and confirmed by the Alumni Board. The awards were presented as part of Alumni Weekend 2023.

Distinguished Graduate Award
Paul A. Tiburzi ’80

The Distinguished Graduate Award is presented to a Maryland Carey Law alum who has achieved prominence through professional excellence and service to the community. This year’s recipient was Paul A. Tiburzi ’80, senior counsel and former managing partner at DLA Piper, Baltimore.

Mary Ellen Barbera ’84 Judicial Excellence Award
The Hon. Joseph M. Getty ’96

The Mary Ellen Barbera ’84 Judicial Excellence Award is presented to an alum who exemplifies the highest standards of judicial excellence, displays extraordinary courage, energy, and tenacity in the handling of controversial and difficult cases as well as embodies strength of character, service, and competence as a jurist, lawyer, and public servant. This year’s honoree was the Hon. Joseph M. Getty ’96, retired chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals (now the Supreme Court of Maryland).

Benjamin L. Cardin ’67 Public Service Award
Amy L. Petkovsek ’06

The Benjamin L. Cardin ’67 Public Service Award is presented to an alum who has demonstrated significant and substantial contributions to furthering ideals of public service in the law. This year’s honoree was Amy L. Petkovsek ’06, executive director at the Community Law Center (previously deputy chief counsel at Maryland Legal Aid).

Star Award
Benjamin S. Salsbury ’07

The Star Award recognizes the unsung heroes among the alumni population. Those alumni who volunteer for Maryland Carey Law behind the scenes with little fanfare, and who are steadfast in their support, loyal in their hearts, and deserving of special recognition. This year’s honoree was Benjamin S. Salsbury ’07, founding member of Salsbury Sullivan, LLC.

Rising Star Award
Letam Duson ’13

The Rising Star Award recognizes a recent graduate whose exemplary contributions of service and leadership, either professionally or at Maryland Carey Law, have brought credit to the graduate and this institution. This year’s honoree was Letam Duson ’13, senior assistant state prosecutor with the Maryland Office of the State Prosecutor.