The award is presented by the Maryland Bar Foundation to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in working to improve government and the administration of justice. Nominees should exhibit the four principal characteristics of Mr. Eney, which distinguished his career: excellence in the law; bar leadership; community leadership; and enormous capacity for work.

Previous Award Recipients

  • 2019 Hon. Lawrence F. Rodowsky
  • 2018 Hon. J. Frederick Motz
  • 2017 Hon. Barbara Kerr Howe
  • 2016 Hon. Lynne A. Battaglia
  • 2015 Hon. Glenn T. Harrell
  • 2014 Hon. Ben C. Clyburn
  • 2013 Hon. Harry R. Hughes
  • 2012 Hon. Joseph F. Murphy, Jr.
  • 2011 Hon. Alan M. Wilner
  • 2010 K. King Burnett
  • 2009 Hon. Irma S. Raker
  • 2008 Stephen H. Sachs
  • 2007 Herbert J. Belgrad
  • 2006 Charles O. Fisher, Sr.
  • 2005 Hon. Robert M. Bell
  • 2004 Wilber D. Preston
  • 2003 Herbert S. Garten
  • 2002 Albert D. Brault
  • 2001 Hon. Peter J. Messitte
  • 2000 Louis L. Goldstein
  • 1999 Hon. John F. McAuliffe
  • 1998 Hon. Ernest A. Loveless, Jr.
  • 1997 James J. Cromwell
  • 1996 Benjamin L. Cardin
  • 1995 Benjamin R. Civiletti
  • 1994 Hon. William Donald Schaefer
  • 1993 Charles H. Dorsey, Jr.
  • 1992 Hon. Robert C. Murphy
  • 1991 Hon. Harry A. Col
  • 1990 Alan H. Murrell
  • 1989 Hon. Robert B. Watts
  • 1988 William S. James
  • 1987 Gloria G. Cole
  • 1986 Hon. Marvin H. Smith
  • 1985 Michael Millemann
  • 1984 Walter Sondheim, Jr.

Hon. J. Frederick Motz.,
Senior District Judge

Our 2018 Award Recipient

Judge J. Frederick Motz was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1942. He obtained his undergraduate degree in 1964, from Wesleyan University, and continued his studies at the University of Virginia School of Law, receiving an LL.B degree in 1967. He has practiced privately and also served in the U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court.

I’m honored to receive the Eney Award and become part of this tradition of leadership in our profession.

2018 H. Vernon Eney Award Reception

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