Sahmra A. Stevenson, Esq.

Sahmra A. Stevenson is the founder of S.A. Stevenson Law Offices, with offices located in Columbia and College Park, Maryland, where she and her staff are focused on fighting for happy families one day at a time.  Ms. Stevenson approaches her work with a philosophy that whole and complete families begin with whole and complete people. Her practice focuses on the areas of family law litigation, estate planning, and small and family business law services.

In 2016, Ms. Stevenson launched Wills On Wheels, Inc., a mobile estate planning business serving the residents of Maryland. Owned and operated by S.A. Stevenson Law Offices, LLC., the progressive business model is a part of the Office Without Walls, trademark, brand, and initiative created by Ms. Stevenson.  In addition to providing mobile estate planning services, Wills On Wheels, Inc., plays an active role in the community by offering free presentations educating families and youth about the importance of financial and end-of-life planning, preserving property interests, and financial literacy.

Office Without Walls ™ is a business model, blog, and online resource established for the purpose of making legal services more accessible to all (www.OfficeWithoutWalls.org). By advocating for a mobile platform through which clients can better and more readily access the legal services they need, and sharing her experience with other practitioners, Ms. Stevenson hopes to break down old and outdated concepts about how law can and should be practiced.

Sahmra has received several awards and accolades, including an induction into the Maryland Bar Foundation in 2014, and recognition as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for both Maryland and the District of Columbia in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019  The Super Lawyers Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.  Sahmra has been recognized in two jurisdiction, for four (4) years and counting.

As a proud member of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (“YLD”) Sahmra served as an Assistant Editor of The Affiliate Newsletter from 2012 through 2015. Ms. Stevenson proudly served as a 2014-2015 Diversity Scholar with the ABA Young Lawyers Division and as a 2014-2015 Young Lawyer Fellow with the ABA’s Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section.  Throughout the 2015-2016 bar year Ms. Stevenson represented the Young Lawyers Division as the Fit-To-Practice Lead for the National Conferences Team, advocating for healthy practices for young lawyers and bringing attention to the issues of alcohol and substance abuse in the profession. Ms. Stevenson went on to serve as a Diversity Fellow with the ABA Business Law Section’s Leadership Diversity Outreach Committee in 2015 and she received a Presidential Appointment with the ABA’s Commission on Youth At Risk Advisory Committee the same year. Ms. Stevenson is currently a Leadership Fellow with the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section.

Ms. Stevenson enjoys serving as Social Media Chair to the Section of Litigation’s Family Law Committee, as Co-Chair of the Business Law Committee for the ABA Young Lawyers Division and she has been advanced from a member of the Commission on Youth At Risk’s Advisory Committee, to a standing member of the Commission itself.

On the local level, Ms. Stevenson is an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association (“MSBA”) and served as one of fourteen 2013-2014 MSBA Leadership Academy Fellows. In 2013 she was selected as the recipient of the 2013 MSBA Rising Star Award, and in 2015 she graciously accepted the Melody Tagliaferri-Cronin Distinguished Service Award for her work with the Young Lawyers Section.  Presently Ms. Stevenson sits as Chair of the Mentoring Committee for the MSBA Young Lawyers Section, as well as Chair of the Social Media Team for the Committee to Elect the Sittings Judges of Prince George’s County.

Sahmra is passionate about her role as a public servant. She has worked with attorneys in Maryland to combat exploitive labor practices endured by immigrant workers in Maryland forming the group, “Maryland Attorneys Working Against Labor Trafficking” (MDAWALT) as a way to educate attorneys and non-attorneys on labor trafficking and employment issues, and provide valuable resources to the vulnerable population. She also volunteers her time and skills as a mediator to help resolve foreclosure disputes and utilizes her expertise as a custody attorney by providing pro bono litigation services to immigrant children seeking asylum and Special Immigration Juvenile Status (“SJIS”) in Maryland. As an artist herself, she considers her work with Maryland Volunteer Attorneys for the Arts to be amongst the most important of the volunteer work she does.

Sahmra graduated from the American University Washington College of Law (“AU WCL” or “WCL”) with a Juris Doctor in May of 2010. While matriculating at Washington College of Law Ms. Stevenson worked for judges in both D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. District Court.  She also served as a Rule 16 student attorney with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office where she litigated cases at both the District and Circuit Court levels. Upon completion of her second year at WCL Sahmra was one of six law students in the country selected by the NAACP to participate in the 2009 NAACP/Kellogg’s Law Fellow Program.

During her second year of law school, Sahmra was selected to serve as a part of the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Deans Fellow Project, teaching a year-long course in Youth Justice and Constitutional Literacy to tenth through twelfth grade students at Wilson High School in the Northwest D.C. After graduating Ms. Stevenson worked for the Honorable Judge David W. Young in the Baltimore City Circuit Court where she oversaw a criminal felony docket before starting her own practice.

Ms. Stevenson has also developed creative ways to give back to her peers in the profession. A prime example is the launching of her monthly newsletter “After Work Networking” in May of 2011. The electronic publication was an assemblage of free and semi-free events in the local area as well as a listing of local volunteer opportunities that was disseminated to readers once a month. During the four years that the newsletter was active Sahmra’s readership grew from six to almost six-hundred before production was suspended.

In addition to her work as attorney, Ms. Stevenson pursues her second passion which is painting and furniture making and in 2014 launched a website (www.artbySahmra.com) and a greeting card line that she is still working to get off the ground. When she is not painting she enjoys competitive long distance running and she has completed a total of six full marathons and seven half-marathons in five different states since 2012.

Sahmra April Stevenson is a graduate of Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts where she received her B.A. in History and American-Studies and studied as part of a combined degree program with the School of Museum of Fine Arts Boston.  During her time at Tufts Sahmra was selected as one of twenty University College Public Service Scholars assigned to help develop community based projects throughout the Boston area.  As a scholar Sahmra successfully designed and implemented an after school program at East Somerville Elementary School titled Better Faster Stronger Athletes (“B.F.S.A”) which provided education about fitness and nutrition to fourth through eighth grade students.  The program is still in existence to this day.

In addition to her work as a University College Public Service Scholar, Sahmra served as Director and Program Coordinator for NIA, a local non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring and tutoring youth in the local community.  After graduating from Tufts, Ms. Stevenson accepted a position at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr, LLP where she worked for nearly two years before enrolling in law school.

 

Publications

  • Stevenson, S. National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Monumental Minutes, Volume IV: Spring Edition (March 2012).
  • Stevenson, S. ABA YLD “Year of Service”, The Affiliate, The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association’s Newsletter, Volume 38: Number 1(September 2012).
  • Stevenson, S. A Lawyer on Every Smartphone, The Affiliate, The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association’s Newsletter, Volume 38: Number 2 (Novemeber 2012).
  • Stevenson, S. Diversity Dialogue: A Focus on Mentoring, The Affiliate, The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association’s Newsletter, Volume 38: Number 3 (January 2013).
  • Stevenson, S. Taking on Debby: A Quick and Efficient Response from the DLS Team, the Importance of Training, The Affiliate, The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association’s Newsletter, Volume 38: Number 4 (March 2013).
  • Stevenson, S. Affiliate Leader Spotlight: Dana Hrelic, The Affiliate, The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association’s Newsletter, Volume 38: Number 6 (June 2013).

 

Professional Organizations

  • ABA YLD Diversity Scholar (2014-2015)
  • ABA GP/Solo Young Lawyers Fellow (2014-2015)
  • Assistant Editor, The ABA Affiliate Newsletter (2012-2013, 2014-Present)
  • ABA YLD Liaison to Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity (2014-2015)
  • ABA YLD Member Service Project Team, Member (2014-2015)
  • ABA YLD Law Day Team, Member (2013-2014)
  • Maryland Bar Foundation, Fellow since 2014
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Leadership Academy Fellow (2013-2014)
  • Maryland State Bar Association _Young Lawyers Section, Chair of Technology Committee, (August 2012-present)
  • Maryland State Bar Association_ Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Chair of Technology Committee, (August 2012-present)
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Technology Committee, Member (2014-Present)
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Membership Committee, Member (2014-Present)
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Leadership Academy Committee Member

 

Honors & Awards

  • Melody Tagliaferri-Cronin Distinguished Service Award (Maryland State Bar Association, 2015)
  • National Capital Region’s Rising Star (Living Classrooms 2015)
  • American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Fellow (American Bar Association (2015-2017)
  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Diversity Fellow (American Bar Association 2014-2015)
  • American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division Young Lawyer Fellow (American Bar Association 2014-2015)
  • Maryland State Bar Association Bar Foundation (Fellow since 2014)
  • Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy Fellow (Maryland State Bar Association, 2013-2014)
  • Rising Star Award (Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2013)
  • Most Valuable Player (Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2012)