St. Thomas More Society of Maryland

Service in Faith to Maryland’s Legal Community

Who We Are

An association of Maryland lawyers, judges, law students and others who work in the legal community committed to promoting ethical principles and spiritual growth in the legal profession based on the example set by St. Thomas More – a martyr in the defense of religious freedom.

What We Do

Host an annual Red Mass and Man for All Seasons Award banquet in honor of someone whose contributions to the legal profession emulate the model set for us by St. Thomas More.  Through this and other events, including speaker forums and an annual retreat, the Society looks to build and sustain a welcoming community of faith in support of our Members.

How to Join

Anyone who works in Maryland’s legal community can join our Society. You do not have to be a practicing Catholic to join our Society.

Please Join us

The Christian Legal Society Annual Membership Meeting

led by The Christian Legal Society
June 18, 2024

The Christian Legal Society (“CLS”)—has extended an invitation to all STMS members to attend CLS’s Annual Membership Meeting on June 18. 2024 @ 6:30 p.m.  The event will feature Guest Speaker, the Honorable James Rhodes, who will be discussing the impact of faith and law on Juneteenth.  The event is free of charge and will be held  at the Baltimore County Public Library (Reisterstown Branch) located at 21 Cockeys Mill Rd., Reisterstown Rd, Maryland 21136.  

All STMS members are welcome to attend. No need to register on this website but please RSVP via e-mail to Matt Paavola at

Lawyer’s Prayer to St. Thomas More

Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints:

Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients’ tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul.