Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Stephen H. Sachs (1934-2022)
MSA SC 3520-1529


Born January 31, 1934, in Baltimore, Maryland.  Son of Leon and Shirley (Blum) Sachs. Attended Baltimore City public schools; Friends School of Baltimore, 1950; Haverford College, 1954; New College Oxford, 1954-55; Yale Law School, 1960. Admitted to Maryland bar, 1960.  Married to Sheila Kleinman; two children. Died January 12, 2022, in Baltimore, Maryland.  

Stephen H. Sachs was born in Baltimore on January 31, 1934. He attended Baltimore City public schools, and high school at Baltimore Friends School, graduating in 1950. He received a B.A. degree from Haverford College in 1954, won a Fulbright Scholarship to Oxford University, and earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1960. Mr. Sachs was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1960 and to the Supreme Court Bar in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957.

During his last year in law school, Mr. Sachs was an assistant instructor in Constitutional Law at Yale College. He served as a law clerk to the late Judge Henry Edgerton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1960 to 1961. In 1961, Attorney General Robert Kennedy appointed him an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He served in that capacity until 1965.

From 1965 to 1967, Mr. Sachs was an associate and partner in the law firm of Tydings, Rosenberg & Gallagher. He served as reporter to the Committee on State Finance and Taxation of the State of Maryland Constitutional Convention Commission from 1965 to 1967.

After appointment as United States Attorney for Maryland in 1967 by President Johnson, Mr. Sachs concentrated on the prosecution of cases involving white collar crime and public corruption. From 1970 until his election as Attorney General in November 1978, he was in private law practice in Baltimore. He also taught Criminal Procedure and Trial Practice at the University of Maryland Law School from 1969 to 1976.

Mr. Sachs, a Democrat, became Maryland's fortieth Attorney General on January 2, 1979, and was reelected in 1982. He left office in January 1987, and joined the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. He retired from the firm in 2000. 

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