KAREN CHRISTY HOLT CHESSER, Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 4, St. Mary's County, since June 30, 2010.

Standing Examiner, St. Mary's County Circuit Court, 1982-92, 1999-2006. Assistant State's Attorney, 1989-91, and Deputy State's Attorney, St. Mary's County, 1991-98. Member, Inquiry Panel, Attorney Grievance Commission, 2000-01. Member, Human Relations Committee, St. Mary's County, 2002-04. County Attorney, St. Mary's County, 2006-10.

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, July 20, 1960. University of Washington, 1978-80; Washington College, B.A. (english literature), magna cum laude, 1982; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1985. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1985; U.S. District Court for District of Maryland, 1986. Associate, Law Office of Karen H. Abrams, 1986-87 (law clerk, 1985). Judicial law clerk to Judge John Hanson Briscoe, St. Mary's County Circuit Court, 1987-89. Sole Practitioner, 1999-2005. Partner, Densford & Chesser, 2005-06. Member, Maryland State Bar Association, 1985- (committee on judicial appointments, 1996-2008); St. Mary's County Bar Association, 1985- (treasurer, 1990-98); American Bar Association, 1990-2000. Member, International Municipal Lawyers Association, 2006-10. Volunteer attorney, Mental Health Drug Abuse Advisory Council, 1986-87. Member, Rotary Club of Leonardtown, 1989-92; St. Mary's County Alliance, 1993-98; Criminal Justice Coalition, 1993-98, Project Graduation, 1992-98, Hot Spots Committee, 1996-98, St. Mary's County. Board of Directors, Marcey House (halfway house rehabilitative treatment facility), 2000-06.

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