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Kurt L. Schmoke is now a partner in the international law firm of Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering. Prior to joining the firm, he served for 12 years as the Mayor of Baltimore City. During his tenure as mayor, he initiated a number of programs in the areas of housing, education, public health, and economic development.
For his efforts in promoting adult literacy, President George Bush awarded him the National Literacy Award in 1992. His programs to improve public housing and to enhance community economic development were praised by former President Clinton, whose administration named Baltimore as one of the six cities to received Empowerment Zone designation in 1994.
Schmoke’s other public sector service include his election in 1982 as State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (the chief prosecuting officer) and his appointment as Assistant Director, White House Domestic Policy Staff, by President Carter. Schmoke is a graduate of Yale University, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.