COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS

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[photo, J. Frederick Sharer, Court of Special Appeals Judge] J. FREDERICK SHARER, Judge, Court of Special Appeals, 3rd Appellate Circuit (Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard & Washington Counties), January 4, 2002 to April 12, 2008. Retired April 12, 2008.

County Administrative Judge, Allegany County Circuit Court, 4th Judicial Circuit, from 1983 to January 4, 2002 (Associate Judge, December 1980 to January 2002). Chair, Executive Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 1988-89. Circuit Representative, 4th Judicial Circuit, Conference of Circuit Judges, 1996-2002. Member, Maryland Judicial Commission on Pro Bono, 1998-2000. Former member, Judicial Compensation Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference. Chair, Council on Jury Use and Management, 1999-2000.


Deputy State's Attorney, Allegany County, 1965-66. City Solicitor, City of Cumberland, 1966-80. Board of Trustees, Allegany Community College, 1970-80 (chair, 1970-77). Member, State Board of Law Examiners, 1978-80. Founding member, Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, and Task Force on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Allegany County.

Attended Allegany County public schools; Washington and Jefferson College, A.B. (economics), 1960; University of Maryland School of Law, LL.B., 1963. Editorial board, Maryland Law Review, 1962-63. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1963. Former partner, Wilson and Sharer, Cumberland. Maryland Panel, The McCammon Group, 2008-. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (alternative dispute resolution section; special committee on voir dire, 2011-); Allegany County Bar Association (president, 1990). Bar Admissions Conference, 1981. Development Council, Washington and Jefferson College, 1977-80. School Board, Bishop Walsh High School, 1986-93 (chair, 1991-93). Lecturer, Frostburg State University (business law), and Allegany Community College (criminal law & evidence). President, Greater Cumberland Jaycees, 1966-67. People's Pro Bono Award, People's Pro Bono Action Center. Charles H. Dorsey, Jr., Distinguished Service Award, Citizenship Law-Related Education Program, Maryland State Bar Association, 1998. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2001. Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation.

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