Nadine Maeser
Public Information Officer

Terri Charles
Asst. Public Information Officer


October 1, 2019

Government Relations and Public Affairs
187 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Media Advisory:
State Law Library renaming ceremony to celebrate legacy of Maryland native
and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

On Thursday, Oct. 17, the Maryland Judiciary will hold a ceremony at the state’s public law library to recognize its new name, the Maryland Thurgood Marshall State Law Library. The renaming honors Justice Marshall, the Maryland lawyer who successfully argued landmark cases before the United State Supreme Court and who went on to become that court’s first African-American justice.

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera will lead the ceremony, which will be held at the Courts of Appeal Building in Annapolis, the home of the library and the state’s highest courts.

The Maryland Thurgood Marshall State Law Library is open to the public and provides resources that enhance the understanding of legal information. The bill to rename the library was passed this year by the Maryland General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan.

WHAT: Maryland Thurgood Marshall State Law Library Renaming Ceremony

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building
361 Rowe Blvd.
Annapolis, MD 21401

WHO: Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera
Robert M. Bell, retired Chief Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals
Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr.
Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne A. Jones
Maryland Senator Douglas J. J. Peters
Maryland Delegate Ronald L. Watson
Larry Gibson, Morton & Sophia Macht Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Steven Anderson, Director, Maryland Thurgood Marshall State Law Library

NOTE: If you are a member of the media and plan on attending and covering this event, please contact the Maryland Judiciary, Government Relations and Public Affairs, by email at

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