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Judge Shares: “Success is Being 100% Yourself”

Bryn Mawr Alumna Judge Tameiki Lunn-Exinor ’95 visited BMOS students this month to share her experiences as an Associate Judge in the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City. 

She described the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City as the “people’s court” because most everyone experiences the district court in some way, whether it is for a parking ticket or civil dispute. Two favorite aspects of the job are meeting new people and the variety of cases she hears. “Every day is different,” she said.

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Judge Tameiki Lunn-Exinor ’95

As a certified mediator, Judge Lunn-Exinor frequently employs these skills to reach the best resolution for all concerned before it comes down to a judgment. “Making sure that people feel heard” when they come before her in court is of the utmost importance. 

At least four Bryn Mawr alumnae are working as judges in the Baltimore area and Lunn-Exinor said that in her discussions with them, they all agreed “Bryn Mawr shaped us to be able to advocate for ourselves and to advocate for others.” She reflected that “the ability to advocate for self, public speaking and effective time management are the skills from Bryn Mawr that most help me now.” 

Students were curious to hear about Lunn-Exinor’s time as an opera singer and how she navigated her path from high school to the District Court. Learning how she maintains balance amidst the conflict and trauma stories she presides over daily was fascinating. One practice that is crucial to her wellness is not ever taking work home with her. Her message to students: “Success is being 100% yourself and being happy with what you do.” 

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Meet Mallory Pladus

English Teacher

Where do you live?
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

What do you like about teaching online?
I like the small school environment, the ambitious students BMOS attracts, and the flexibility learning and teaching online affords students and faculty.

What do you like to do when you’re NOT in school?
Hike, travel, play frisbee, and spend time on the Jersey Shore.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Japan. My dad is half Japanese, and there is a rumor in our family that he and my aunt relinquished property rights to a small portion of a mountain in Japan. I’d like to go see that mountain.

Best way to spend a Saturday?
Reading outside.

What do you want students to remember about you?
I want them to remember that I did my best to make literature open up for them in surprising, intriguing ways and that I cared about their ideas.

Personal catchphrase?
“Let’s reflect on this.”

Who inspires you?
Writers I love: James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson, Louise Erdrich, to name a few.

What activity/class have you enjoyed the most through BMOS (and why)?
The poet Sarah Ali visited our English 9 and 10 classes to discuss her poem about animal roadkill. The students asked great questions, and she gave thoughtful answers. We broached a topic that often feels too intractable to talk about.