MONTGOMERY COUNTY
CIRCUIT COURT

FORMER JUDGES


DeLAWRENCE BEARD, Chief Judge, Montgomery County Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit, 1996 to December 25, 2007 (Associate Judge, April 19, 1984 to 1996). Retired December 25, 2007. Member, Public Awareness Committee, 2001-07, Maryland Judicial Conference.

Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 6, Montgomery County, May 7, 1982 to April 18, 1984.

Senior Assistant State's Attorney, Montgomery County, 1974-79. District Public Defender, Montgomery County, 1979-82. Member, Criminal Justice Commission, Montgomery County, 1979-82. Board of Regents, Morgan State University, 1981-82. Chair, District 6 Advisory Board, Public Defender System, 1984. Member, Maryland Coordinating Committee for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, 1984-86; Commission on Judicial Disabilities, 1995-98.

Born in Okalona, Arkansas, December 26, 1937. Attended St. Louis public schools; Sumner High School, St. Louis, Missouri. Served in U.S. Navy, 1957-59. University of Missouri, B.A., 1964; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1970; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 1977. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1974. Member, National and Montgomery County Bar Associations; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Co-founder, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association. Board of Directors, Children's Hospital National Medical Center, 1973-81; Suburban Maryland Fair Housing, 1973-75. Member, Country Place Citizens Association Covenants Committee (vice-chair, 1977; chair, 1978; board of directors, 1981-84). Assistant professorial lecturer, George Washington University College of General Studies, Graduate School of Forensic Science, 1978-80; guest lecturer, Street Law Program, Montgomery County Detention Center, 1979-. Lecturer, University of Maryland University College, 1989-. Adjunct Faculty, Washington College of Law, The American University, 1991-. Life member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., IUL Chapter. Outstanding Citizen of the Year, 1982, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Mu Nu Chapter; Montgomery County NAACP Award, 1984. Award, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, 1993. Legal Excellence Award, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, 2003.

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