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Honorable Alexander Wright, Jr. (Ret.) Receives 2021 Maryland Carey Law Mary Ellen Barbera ’84 Judicial Excellence Award

For Immediate Release
February 3, 2022
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Katrina F. Jones

The McCammon Group is pleased to congratulate one of our own, Honorable Alexander Wright, Jr. (Ret.) who was awarded the 2021 Mary Ellen Barbera ’84 Judicial Excellence Award by Maryland Carey Law. The award was presented to Judge Wright during a celebration on December 17, 2021.

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.

Judge Wright served in the judiciary for 26 years, retiring in 2019 from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Upon law school graduation, he served in the U.S. Army then assumed his duties as an assistant public defender in Baltimore City. In 1979, he became an assistant attorney general at the Department of Personnel and then principal counsel to the Department of Employment and Training, the Department of Economic and Employment Development and, finally, chief counsel, Courts.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer appointed Judge Wright to the Maryland District Court, Baltimore County in 1993 and, in 1998, he was appointed to the Baltimore County Circuit Court, the first African American to serve on that court. After two terms, Judge Wright joined Miles and Stockbridge, P.C. as a partner and served as a visiting professor for Catholic University in Poland. Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed him to the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland in 2008.

Judge Wright has been recognized with the Judge Harry A. Cole Leadership Award, Black Professional Men’s Inc. Community Award, and listed in Maryland’s Legal Elite Baltimore Smart CEO Magazine and in Maryland Super Lawyers for alternative dispute resolution. He has served and led on boards for multiple organization, including the Baltimore County Bar Association, Hannah More School, Paul’s Place Outreach Center, Franciscan Center, and the Urban Resource Foundation. Additionally, Judge Wright is a popular speaker and lecturer, presenting at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy for the Maryland State Bar Association and the Dickerson School of Law. He now serves as a member of Archdiocesan Pastoral Counsel and the Independent Review Board for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Since 1995, The McCammon Group (McCammon) has provided ADR services including mediation, arbitration, judge pro tempore, and special master. McCammon consists of seventy-seven Neutrals including retired judges and practicing attorneys located throughout Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Importantly, throughout this time McCammon has achieved a settlement rate of approximately 85% in its mediation work. McCammon is committed to the proposition that ADR processes provide individuals, as well as public and private entities, with many substantial benefits including effective and prompt resolution of disputes, self-determination, cost savings, timeliness, flexibility, and confidentiality.

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