The event, held at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, Maryland, honored U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin of Maryland with the sixth annual Simon E. Sobeloff Award for outstanding contributions to the legal and Jewish communities. JGL attorneys Jason Sarfati, Reza Golesorkhi and Timothy Maloney attended the event.
Judge Simon E. Sobeloff’s 59-year career in law was devoted mostly to public service. In 1952, he was sworn in as Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, and was the first Jewish man to sit on Maryland’s highest court. He was appointed Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, where he served until his retirement in 1964.
Sobeloff was an active participant in the affairs of the Jewish community, serving as Director of The Associated Jewish Charities, Director of the Jewish Educational Alliance, an officer of the American Jewish Congress, and more.
The Simon E. Sobeloff Law Society was founded in 2004 by a small group of attorneys in Montgomery County. The purpose of the society is to provide a social vehicle to network, encourage civility and build camaraderie among attorneys, while celebrating Jewish heritage and Jewish values in the law, according to the society’s history.