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(Front row, 2nd from left) Thomas Cardaro is surrounded by some of his law school classmates
from 1985, who braved a wet and windy evening to be present for the reception in his honor.

CUA Law Hosts a Reception for
Maryland State Bar President Thomas Cardaro

More than 60 alumni, friends and distinguished guests gathered at the Columbus School of Law on Nov. 12, 2009 to celebrate Thomas C. Cardaro, 1985, who assumed the presidency of the Maryland State Bar Association in June. He is the seventh graduate of the Columbus School of Law to serve as a state bar president, and the first to do so in Maryland, which has approximately 24,000 members, making it one of the largest bar memberships in the country.
Cardaro was joined by a wide circle of friends and admirers, including members of the state judiciary, the Maryland State Bar Association, law school classmates and family members.
During a relaxed and delightful evening, many members of the Class of 1985 clearly enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with each other, as well as to honor one of the most successful and well-respected of their peers. For some, it was their first glimpse of the “new” law school building, opened in 1994.
Upon his return to the Columbus School of Law, Cardaro was also greeted with the good news that CUA law’s newest alumni performed very well on his state’s bar exam. The pass rate for CUA graduates sitting for the examination for the first-time was 82 percent, slightly higher than the overall first time pass rate of 81 percent. Maryland is the most popular jurisdiction for CUA graduates to sit for the exam.
Cardaro is a founding partner of the firm Cardaro & Peek, where he specializes in medical malpractice and personal injury, and has earned the highest professional rating possible from Martindale-Hubbell.
Notwithstanding his busy practice, Cardaro has always found time to give back to the profession he loves. He has served in many voluntary positions in the Maryland bar, including on the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association and as president of the Bar Association of Baltimore in 2004. He has also been active for many years on a national level with the American Bar Association. Throughout his career he has earned the respect and esteem of his colleagues by holding himself to the highest standards of professionalism.
“Collegiality, civility and cooperation… working together as a united force, have been the hallmarks of Tom’s career and make him the perfect person to lead the Maryland Bar Association today,” said Veryl V. Miles, dean of Catholic University’s law school.