A generous donation of $ 800,000 from Stuart ’71 and Suzanne ’73 Salsbury greatly enhances the opportunities for students at the Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland in the area of trial defense.
With this investment, longtime Law School supporters have staffed a new position, Salsbury’s Director of Advocacy, to manage the Law School team program. Students on trial teams hone their courtroom skills in competitions across the country. The Law School will also set up the Salsbury Essay Competition, an internal event that will provide a platform for students to test and exhibit their advocacy skills.
“We are deeply grateful to Stuart and Suzanne Salsbury for their incredible commitment to Maryland Carey Law,” said Donald Tobin, JD, Dean. “This gift ensures the longevity and strength of our testing team for generations of students to come.”
The Salsburys, who received the UMB Catalyst for Excellence Award 2021 (along with their son Ben and daughter-in-law Becca), attended law school in the early 1970s and thrived in the advocacy program, but failed lucky to be on a test team. By the time their son Benjamin Salsbury, JD ’07 was a 1L, the national trials team was well established (since the late 1990s) with the help of alumni who volunteered to train and travel with the students. Ben became one of the stars of the team along with his future wife Rebecca salsbury ’08 and celebrated a national championship in his senior year.
Despite its success, the team struggled with funding, and in 2007 the Salsburys created an endowment to help offset student travel and tournament fees. Since graduating, Ben has dedicated countless hours to coaching and co-leading the team. This experience further reinforced his view that the testing team needed a permanent director to make the program one of the best in the country. Fortunately, Ben’s vision aligned with his parents’ philanthropic priorities, and they made the decision to staff the position. “It was the right time to do the right thing,” agreed the Salsburys.
Suzanne and Stuart both had careers as litigators. Prior to retiring in 2011, Suzanne practiced for 37 years in the Juvenile and Child Support divisions of the Baltimore City Attorney’s Office. She was the first assistant attorney in Maryland to share her work with a partner. After a federal internship, Stuart joined the law firm Israelson, Pines & Jackson, which eventually became Salsbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder & Adkins, LLC. He has practiced as a litigator for over four decades and is recognized as one of Maryland’s foremost medical malpractice attorneys, having previously served as president of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. In addition to Ben, their daughter Jessica continues the family’s contribution to the legal profession, working in immigration law since graduating from Washington College of Law at American University in 2005.
The Salsburys believe Ben’s experience on the trial team was invaluable as he progressed in his own litigation career. In 2015, Ben co-founded (along with his colleague Kevin Sullivan ’03) Salsbury Sullivan, LLC, a litigation law firm in downtown Baltimore. Stuart, who signed up to bring his experience to Salsbury Sullivan in 2016, said: “I saw what the legal plea did for Ben. … I have always believed that advocating for litigation is one of the most important parts of what you should be doing in law school.
The new post of Salsbury’s Director of Advocacy at Law School has been filled by Ben Garmoe, JD ’16, who was previously the team’s part-time general manager. In 2021, Garmoe led the UMBC mock trial team to defeat Yale University and win the American Mock Trial Association national championship for the first time in the program’s history. Former captain of the law school test team, Garmoe is delighted to be back with the team full-time, calling the newly appointed position his “dream job.” “I’m incredibly grateful because this school meant so much to me,” he said. “To be able to walk here every day and do this job, I can’t imagine better. “
Since Garmoe’s arrival full-time this fall, the team has grown and been successful, winning first place in the highly competitive Quinnipiac School of Law Criminal Justice Moot Competition in October.
Current member of the test team Nicolas spiller ’23 was one of Quinnipiac’s competitors. He is delighted with the direction the team is taking with the gift from Salsbury. “Being part of the trial team gives me valuable experiences which I know prepare me for the reality of the legal profession. Everyone involved in the team, from the coaches to the classmates, have been very supportive and supportive, ”said Spiller. “I am grateful that the team now has a permanent full-time director to build on our momentum and continue to strengthen the program for prospective students.”
In recognition of the Salsbury’s generosity, Maryland Carey Law also intends to create the Salsbury Trial Competition, an annual event similar to the long-running Myerowitz Moot Court competition in which students present oral submissions and arguments before judges. locals and are vying for seats at Maryland Carey. Council of the fictitious court of law. Members of the testing team, which is a credited student organization, are currently selected through a rigorous two-round testing process. Competition will likely be incorporated into this testing process. Garmoe, who is a former Myerowitz winner, appreciates the benefits of an elite internal competition for students. “Myerowitz has such an important role here,” he noted. “Since I was a student I thought the test team should have something similar.”
Stuart and Suzanne feel the same, stressing their desire for a signature contest to be the cornerstone of a thriving advocacy program, which Suzanne noted, already produces “some of Maryland’s star lawyers and judges.”
The remarkable history of the Salsbury’s philanthropy in law school began soon after their graduation in 1971 and 1973. Recognizing that being a public school does not mean that an institution is fully funded, the Salsbury’s have been unwavering in their commitment to support their alma mater. “Law school has given me all kinds of opportunities,” Stuart said. “It opened up a whole different life and world. “
The couple also stepped up their efforts when the law school began construction of a new building in the early 2000s, making a large donation for the capital project. In addition, Stuart served on the Maryland Carey Law Board of Visitors for 25 years.
“The Salsbury’s commitment to philanthropy is inspiring,” said Shara Boonshaft, associate dean of development and alumni relations at Maryland Carey Law, reflecting the couple’s generosity over the years. “In creating this legacy and in all that they have contributed over decades, Stuart and Suzanne exemplify the value of giving back, for which the Law School is deeply grateful.”