Baltimore City Circuit Administrative Judge Marcella Holland Takes Helm of
National Bar Association Judicial Council
Baltimore City Circuit Administrative Judge Marcella Holland will be sworn in as the new chair of the National Bar Association Judicial Council during the association’s 85th Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals will administer the oath of office to Judge Holland and the other members of the Judicial Council’s executive committee during the Thurgood Marshall Award Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the J.W. Marriott in New Orleans.
Judge Holland has served on the Baltimore City Circuit Court since September 1997, and was appointed circuit administrative judge in November 2003. She is the first and only African-American woman administrative judge in Maryland.
The National Bar Association (NBA) was founded in 1925 and is the oldest, largest bar association for people of color, predominantly African Americans. One of its founders, the late Charles Howard, Sr., was the father of former Baltimore City Circuit Court and federal judge, the late Joseph C. Howard, and his brother, the late Charles Howard, Jr., who was the only president of the NBA from Baltimore.
The organization was formed because African Americans were not permitted to join the American Bar Association.
The Judicial Council of the NBA is similar to the Judicial Division of the ABA, and was founded in 1971. One of its founders, Joseph C. Howard, was the second chair of the Judicial Council and the only chair from Baltimore or Maryland until Judge Holland’s election.
The Judicial Council strives to eradicate racial and class bias in every aspect of the judicial process; to improve public’s trust and confidence in the judiciary; to provide seminars, conferences and fora for the exchange of judicial experiences and the training of new judges; and to improve the ethnic balance of the federal and state judiciary.
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