Associate Dean of Students
B.A., Dartmouth College; J.D., The George Washington University Law School.
Annamaria Steward became Associate Dean of Students at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law in 2008. Previously, she clerked for the Honorable Annice M. Wagner, then Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals, and was an associate at Jack H. Olender and Associates, P.C.
Annamaria has been very active in the legal community. In 2010, she was elected President of the Bar Association of D.C. (BADC) and is the first African-American female President in the organization’s now 144 year history. She serves on the Board of the D.C. Bar, where she is also a member of the Executive Committee and Chairs the Potential Leaders Sub-Committee of the Leadership Development Committee; she serves on the Board of the Washington Bar Association Legal Fund; and she co-chairs the Washington Bar Association Law Day Committee. Previously, she served as Secretary of the D.C. Bar, the mandatory bar association of D.C.; Assistant Secretary of the National Bar Association, the national African-American bar association; Secretary of the Washington Bar Association, the predominately African-American bar association of D.C.; member of the award winning D.C. Bar Strategic Planning Committee (Best Bar Project 2010); member of the D.C. Bar Budget Committee; member of the D.C. Bar Publications Committee; member of the Maryland State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section's Nominating Committee; and Chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the BADC.
As Chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the BADC, she held nearly forty events focused on young lawyer education and community service and created a radio law clinic. Building on the success of the radio law clinic, Annamaria later created and hosted a weekly cable television show entitled "D.C. Law...Today", which featured leaders of the D.C. legal profession and their legal and civic contributions.
In addition to being the Associate Dean of Students, Annamaria coaches the law school's Oral Advocacy Team, which competes in American Bar Association (ABA) and American Association for Justice competitions. The team won the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition and placed second in the ABA National Client Counseling Competition in 2010, they won the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition and competed in the National Client Counseling Competition in 2012, and they placed second in the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition in 2013.
Annamaria was awarded the BADC's Young Lawyer of the Year award in 2006, was a nominee for the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s 2007 National Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year award, was one of twenty-two young lawyers nationwide selected to be a member of the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s 2007-2008 Leadership Academy, received the 2011 Junius W. Williams Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the National Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division, was featured in the Washingtonian Magazine on "The Guest List: A Monthly Roundup of People We’d Like to Have Over for Drinks, Food and Conversation” and was recently honored as one of the National Bar Association’s 2012 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40. In recognition of her "demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of [her] communit[y] and to the highest principles of the legal profession", Annamaria is among the less than one percent of lawyers in the District of Columbia selected to be a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.