Jamar Brown, a partner in the Litigation group at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP, and a champion of several justice-seeking organizations in Baltimore, has stepped in as Chair of OSI’s Advisory Board, replacing William C. Clarke, III, who has chaired the Board for the last ten years and will remain an Advisory Board member.
“I am honored beyond words by the opportunity to partner with OSI Director Danielle Torain, our expert staff, and my fellow Advisory Board members in helping lead OSI-Baltimore as Board Chair,” he said. “Since I was first introduced to OSI-Baltimore as a law student more than 10 years ago, I have been deeply inspired by its mission as a social justice laboratory – generating bold, innovative solutions to address three of the most interrelated challenges in our City – a broken policing and criminal justice system, systemic barriers preventing our youth from thriving, and the crisis of addiction and health inequity. This work has never been more vital than now in the wake of COVID-19 which has both laid bare and deepened racial and economic disparities in Baltimore. I am excited to help imagine the next two decades of OSI-Baltimore’s impact – one that focuses on building the power and resources of residents and organizations in impacted communities to lead change and dismantle structural racism.”
Brown has been a member of OSI’s Leadership Council for many years and joined Mary Louise-Preis as co-chair of that group four years ago, before joining the Advisory Board in 2018.
Brown’s legal practice focuses on commercial litigation, where he represents clients, including businesses, investors, and property owners, in various commercial, real estate, and contractual disputes in federal and state courts. He served as second counsel in a key excessive force case, Estate of Jeffrey Blair by Personal Representative Tiauna Blair v. David Austin, No. 35, that was decided in his client’s favor in 2020.
In addition to his law practice, Jamar is active in a number of civic organizations. He proudly serves on the boards of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, OSI grantee the Jobs Opportunities Task Force (JOTF), and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Baltimore City, and the Monumental City Bar Association.
Prior to joining Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, Jamar served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City. He is a former law clerk to the Honorable Marcella A. Holland of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.
Jamar is a graduate of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where he competed throughout the country as a member of the National Trial Team. Upon graduation, Jamar was inducted into the Order of Barristers, a national recognition for excellence in written and oral advocacy. He received his B.A. from Emory University.
Jamar has been widely recognized for his professional accomplishments and community involvement. Most recently, Jamar was named among the Baltimore Business Journal’s 2020 40 Under 40 honorees. OSI grantee Community Law In Action (CLIA) recently honored Jamar with its 2020 Inspiring Voices award. Jamar was also recently selected for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch. He has been named to Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Stars since 2017. He is also the recipient of The Daily Record’s 2016 Leadership in Law Generation J.D. Award as well as Living Classrooms Foundations’ 2016 Rising Stars presented by the Baltimore Business Journal. Jamar is 2014-2015 fellow of the Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy.