Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Milton B. Allen (1917-2003)
MSA SC 3520-13526

Biography:

Born Milton Burke Allen, December 10, 1917, in Baltimore, Maryland. Son of Claude Mercell and Minnie Magee Allen. Attended Baltimore City public schools; Coppin State College, teacher's certificate, 1938; University of Maryland Law School, LL.B., 1949 and J.D., 1971. Admitted to the Maryland Bar, November 18, 1948.  Married; 3 children. Resident of Windsor Hills neighborhood, Baltimore, Maryland. Died, February 12, 2003, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Milton B. Allen was a founding partner in 1949 (with Emerson Brown and Robert B. Watts), of Brown, Allen, & Watts, the first African-American law firm in Maryland.  He became Maryland's first black state's attorney, elected in 1970.  He was defeated for re-election in 1974.  From February 6, 1976 until March 1, 1986, he served on the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City (became the Baltimore City Circuit Court after December 31, 1982). Member, Maryland State and Baltimore City Bar Associations; National District Attorneys Assocation; Maryland State's Attorney Assocation; Monunmental City Bar Association. Honorary member, Order of the Coif, University of Maryland School of Law. He has received numerous distinguished service awards and citations, including the Robert C. Heeney Award from the Maryland State Bar Assocation.

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