Hon. Marcella Holland
Holland Chairs National Bar Judicial Council
The Honorable Marcella Holland, Administrative Judge for the Baltimore City Circuit Court, is the new Chair of the National Bar Association’s Judicial Council. Holland was the first African-American woman to serve as an administrative judge in Maryland’s Judiciary. She was appointed to the Baltimore City Circuit Court in 1997 and was named circuit administrative judge in 2003. Holland will lead the Judicial Council, consisting of 1,200 predominantly African-American judges throughout the United States, for the next 12 months.
Founded in 1925, the National Bar Association (NBA) is the oldest and largest bar association for people of color, predominantly African-Americans because African-American lawyers were not permitted to join the American Bar Association (ABA). Today, NBA represents 18,000 attorneys, judges and other legal professionals throughout the U.S., Canada and other international cities.
NBA’s Judicial Council, which parallels that of the ABA, was created in 1971 to eradicate racial and class bias in every aspect of the judicial process; promote diversity in both federal and state judiciaries; improve the public’s trust and confidence in the judiciary and provide seminars, conference, forums for exchange of judicial experiences and training of new judges. “The Council also reaches out to our youth,” states Holland, “to encourage their education, service to the community and, of course, the pursuit of a legal career.”
As Chair of the Council, Holland hopes to “increase communication among members and potential members, continue our youth outreach program and provide timely topical seminars.” However, the true highlight of her year will be the commemoration of NBA’s 40 years of accomplishments when NBA celebrates its 40th anniversary in Baltimore at the NBA Annual Meeting, July 31 – August 4, 2011.
“I am proud and honored to be the Chair of the Judicial Council into 2011, when we will celebrate our 40th anniversary,” exclaims Holland. “We plan to not only celebrate our past, but renew our minds and spirit to the original mission of the Judicial Council and to serve to our members.”