Born in Baltimore, Maryland, August 31, 1947. University of Maryland Baltimore County, B.A. (political science), 1980; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1983. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1983. Member, American Bar Association; National Bar Association (board of governors, 1993, 1995; financial secretary, judicial council, 2005-06; chair, judicial council, 2010-11); Maryland State Bar Association (board of governors, 1994-; judicial administration section; judicial administration council, 2006-08; co-chair, standing committee on program, 2003-; co-chair, special committee on courthouse construction); Baltimore City Bar Association; Monumental City Bar Association (president, 1991-92). President, Maryland Chapter, National Association of Women Judges, 2000-01. Member, Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, 1984-89, 1997; National Black Prosecutors Association, 1992-97. Board member, Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum, 1982-89; Lois G. Wright Memorial Concert Series, 1988-92 (chair, 1990-92). Board of Managers, Druid Hill Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), 1989-95. Chair, Baltimore Black Achievers Program, 1990-97. Board member, Courthouse and Law Museum Foundation, 1992-. Subscribing life member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Member, Joshua Johnson Council, Baltimore Museum of Art, 1990-93; Associated Black Charities Gala Committee, 1996-97. Member, Advisory Board, Girl Scouts Bridge Beyond Bars, 2003-. Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow, Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland School of Law, 2012. President's Award and Founder's Award, Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum, 1986. Thurgood Marshall Founder's Award, Monumental City Bar Association, 1993. Distinguished Black Marylander Award, Towson State University, 1993. Volunteer of the Year, Druid Hill YMCA, 1996. Outstanding Professional Achievement Award, Coalition of 100 Black Women, 1997. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 1998, 2000, 2004 (Circle of Excellence). Rosalyn B. Bell Award, Women's Law Center of Maryland, 2003. Benjamin L. Cardin Pro Bono Service Award, University of Maryland School of Law, 2003. Margaret Brent-Juanita Jackson Mitchell Award, Baltimore City Bar Association, 2004. Outstanding Alumna, Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Maryland Baltimore County Alumni Association, 2009. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2011. Member, Full Gospel Baptist Church, 1963-.
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