State's Attorney, Baltimore City, February 1995 to January 3, 2011. Assistant State's Attorney, 1985-86, Chief, Economic Crimes Unit, 1986-87, Deputy State's Attorney, 1987-95, Baltimore City.
Member, Governor's Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1995-98; Vehicle Theft Prevention Council, 1995-2003; Family Violence Council, 1995-2005; State's Attorneys' Coordination Council, 1995-10; Governor's Task Force on the Fair Imposition of Capital Punishment in Maryland, 1996; Cease Fire Council, 2000-10. Member, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, Baltimore City, 2004-10.
Born in Hollandale, Mississippi, on July 26, 1948. Jackson State University, B.A. (history & political science), 1970; University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1974. Admitted to Maryland Bar. Attorney. Managing Partner, Morris & Coats Attorneys, 1974-77. Board member, Maryland Lupus Foundation, 1987-96; Walters Art Gallery & Museum, 1987-99; American Prosecutors Research Institute, 1995-; Maryland State's Attorney's Association, 1995- (treasurer); Executive Committee, High-Intensity Drug-Trafficking Area, 1995-. Board member, United Way of Central Maryland, 1995- (former president & vice-president). President, Board of Directors, Baltimore Child Abuse Center Inc. (a child advocacy program), 1995-; Partnership for Learning, Inc. (a juvenile reading program), 1995-; American Prosecutors Research Institute, 1995-. Board of Directors, Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc.; Family League of Baltimore City, Inc. Advisory Board, CeaseFire Maryland. Past secretary, Board of Directors, National District Attorneys Association. Inductee, Baltimore City Commission on Women, 1995. Women's Hall of Fame, Baltimore City, 1996. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Woman in Government Award, 1996. Maryland's Top 100 Women Award, Daily Record, 1996, 1998, 2001 (Circle of Excellence). Distinguished Women Award, Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, 1997. Community Leadership Award, Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association, 1997. Torchbearer's Award, Coalition of 100 Black Women, 1998. Excellence in Achievement Award, Monumental City Bar Association and Baltimore City Bar Association, 1998. Service Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 1999. Maryland Leadership In Law Award, Daily Record, 2001. Member, Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church. Married, one child, two grandchildren.
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