Associate Dean of Students
B.A., Dartmouth College; J.D., The George Washington University Law School.
Annamaria Steward became Associate Dean of Students at UDC-DCSL in 2008. She previously practiced catastrophic medical malpractice and personal injury law at Jack H. Olender & Associates, P.C. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for the Honorable Annice M. Wagner, then Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals.
Dean Steward has been very active in the legal community. She was recently elected President of the Bar Association of D.C. (BADC) and is the first African-American female President in the organization's 139 year history. She also serves on the Board of the Washington Bar Association Legal Fund and is an appointed member of the inaugural D.C. Bar Leadership Development 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 Publication 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, Dean Steward later created and hosted a weekly cable television show entitled "D.C. Law...Today", which highlighted leaders of the D.C. legal profession and their contributions to legal and civic communities.
In addition to being the Associate Dean of Students, Dean Steward coaches the law school's Oral Advocacy Team, which competes in American Bar Association 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 2009-2010.
Dean Steward 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, and was one of twenty-two young lawyers selected from a nation-wide pool to be a member of the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s 2007-2008 Leadership Academy. In recognition of her "demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of [her] communit[y] and to the highest principles of the legal profession", Dean Steward is among the less than one percent of lawyers in the District of Columbia selected to be a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
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