ELLEN M. HELLER, Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, December 3, 1986 to September 1999, and November 8 to December 19, 2003. Circuit Administrative Judge, September 1999 to November 7, 2003. Judge-in-Charge, Civil Docket, 1993-99. Retired December 19, 2003.
Board of Directors, Judicial Institute of Maryland, 1996-2002. Member, Courts Administration Committee of Maryland Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 1998-99; Executive Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 1999-2003. Member, Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 2000-06; Public Trust and Confidence Implementation Committee, 2000-03. Co-Chair, Task Force for Restoration of Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse and Courthouse East, 2001-.
Board of Directors, Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore, 2016-.
Assistant attorney general, 1977-86. Deputy Chief, Educational Affairs Division, and principal counsel to State Department of Education, 1984-86. Board of Visitors, University of Maryland School of Law, 1992-.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, May 16, 1941. Attended Forest Park High School, Baltimore; The Johns Hopkins University, B.S., cum laude, 1972; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1977. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1977. Member, American Bar Association. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (chair, committee on continuing legal education, 1986; chair, special committee on law practice quality, 1989; member, section council of state & local government). Member, Baltimore City Bar Association (chair, civility committee, 1995-96, and judicial administration committee, 1994-; vice-chair, ethics committee, 1986; member, publications committee). First woman president, National Association of State Boards of Education Attorneys, 1984. Adjunct professor, University of Maryland School of Law, 1984-93. Member, Commission for Students at Risk, 1988-89. Member, Judicial Settlement Advisory Committee, American Judicature Society, 1995-96. Past member and president, Cross Country Improvement Association. Executive Committee, Baltimore Jewish Council, 1981-84. Board of Directors, Maryland School for the Blind, 1987-89. Advisory Council, The Learning Bank, 1992-96. Member, Dean's Working Group on Women's Health Issues, School of Hygiene and Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, 1992-95. Board of Directors, Cycle Across Maryland, 1993-98. Member, Task Force on Women in Prison, Maryland Chapter, National Association of Women Judges, 1993-. Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, 1998-2001. Board of Directors, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, 2003-. Board of Directors, Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 2003-. President, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, 2004-08 (board of directors, 1994-). Member, Maryland Bar Foundation; American Bar Foundation; American Law Institute. Member, International Advisory Board, Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute. Board of Directors, East Baltimore Development, Inc.; Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. Board of Trustees, Baltimore Community Foundation. Chair, Board of Trustees, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, 2013-16. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 1997, 1999, 2001 (Circle of Excellence). Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2002. Distinguished Graduate Award, University of Maryland School of Law, 2003. Margaret Brent - Juanita Jackson Mitchell Award, Baltimore City Bar Association, 2003. Anselm Sodaro Judicial Civility Award, Maryland State Bar Association, 2004. Distinguished Women's Award, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, 2006. Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, 2008. Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame, 2009. Honorary LL.M. degree, The Johns Hopkins University, 2016. Member, Independent Lay Review Board, Archdiocese of Baltimore.
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