Chaz came into College Park as a Government and Politics major and took on African American Studies as a second major after a great experience in an AASP class freshman year. As an undergrad, Chaz competed as part of the University of Maryland Mock Trial Team, served as Second Vice President for the NAACP, served as the African American Studies representative on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, and acted as a Community Advocate for University Student Judiciary.  Chaz was also a contributing writer to various campus publications. Following his undergraduate education, Chaz earned his law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. As a law student, Chaz coached the Arizona State University Undergraduate Mock Trial Team, competed in various internal and external mock trial and moot court competitions, served as a Research Assistant, served as President for the Black Law Student Association, and prosecuted misdemeanor bench and jury trials as a student attorney with the Scottsdale Prosecutor’s Office.

In addition to his law practice, Chaz has served as an Adjunct Professor at Towson University in the Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies and as a blogger for the Daily Record’s Generation J.D. blog for young lawyers.  Chaz has also served on and participated in multiple publications and committees, notably as a member of the Editorial Board for the Trial Reporter publication of the Maryland Associate for Justice, Young Lawyers’ Division Public Education Chair, Member-at-Large, and Nominating Committee member for the Bar Association of Baltimore City, as a Member-at Large and Tech Committee Co-Chair for the Monumental Bar Association, as an Associate Editor for the American Bar Association’s The Young Lawyer publication, and as an Assistant Editor for the Maryland State Bar Associations The Advocate. In 2020, Chaz was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission for District 14 in Baltimore City and as an attorney member of the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities.

Chaz is now a partner at Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A. practicing criminal, administrative, and civil litigation. In addition to handling personal injury, civil rights, and criminal matters, his practice also includes appeals, juvenile matters, and peace and protective order proceedings.

Words of Advice: "Your voice matters. Use it with respect, with intelligence and with love. Everyone’s paths, life experiences, what they’ve read and seen and who they’ve met, known and talked to are as unique as their DNA. Every single person’s voice is different from that of anyone else in this world, and as such, one should never be too shy, insecure, or “polite” to speak up when their voice needs to be heard." 

Chaz R. Ball