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Pessin Katz Law, P.A. (“PK Law”) pleased to announce the selection of Rochelle S. Eisenberg, Esq., as the first recipient of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education’s (MABE) newly-created Carl W. Smith Excellence in Education Award.

As a practitioner in education law, Eisenberg has worked with 22 of the 24 Maryland schools systems. Board members nominating Eisenberg stated, “The work done by Eisenberg on behalf of local boards has been thoughtful, detailed and effective. She is humble in nature, diligent in her work, positive in her outlook, and a committed member of any team. Her training and seminars provided to school board members as well as to superintendents and staff across the state have provided an invaluable service by educating individuals who have direct and substantial impact on the lives of students, parents, staff, and community members.” The submission also praises Eisenberg for her work in drafting legislation that impacts Maryland school systems, and for co-authoring the Maryland School Law Deskbook, which provides essential information and guidance to board members and school system employees

The Carl W. Smith Excellence in Education Award was established in 2012 by the Maryland Association of Boards of Education to honor then-retiring executive director Dr. Carl W. Smith. It is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and service to excellence in public education in Maryland.

According to MABE Executive Director Frances Hughes Glendening, “Rochelle’s long-time connection to MABE, her dedication to and work with local boards and school staff, and her leadership and service to public education throughout Maryland make her an ideal choice for the Carl W. Smith Excellence in Education Award.”

The award will be presented at the Maryland Association of Boards of Education Annual Conference in Ocean City, Maryland, in October 2014.