Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

M. Brooke Murdock
MSA SC 3520-2642


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, August 25, 1949.  Attended University of Delaware, B.A. (American Studies), 1972; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1977.  Alliance Française, Paris, France, 1982-83.  Bar Admissions:  Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1978, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1978; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1987; U.S. Supreme Court, 1988.

Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, October 3, 1997 to January 1, 2014. Retired January 1, 2014. Judge-in-Charge, Criminal Division, January 4, 2010 to January 2, 2012. Designated Judge for Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource (ASTAR) Center Program, 2009. Member, Civil Law and Procedure Committee, 2003-06, and vice-chair, Judicial Ethics Committee, 2006-09, Maryland Judicial Conference. Chair, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Baltimore City, 2010-12.

Assistant State's Attorney, Baltimore City, 1978-79, 1983-87. Investigative Attorney, U.S. International Trade Commission, 1980-82. Assistant Federal Public Defender, Office of Federal Public Defender for District of Maryland, 1987-1991.

Partner, Thieblot, Ryan, Martin & Ferguson, 1992-96. Principal, Ferguson, Schetelich, Hefferman & Murdock, 1996-97. Member, Maryland Bar Association; National Association of Women Judges, 1997- (president, Maryland chapter, 2003-04; chair, women-in-prison project, 2000); Circuit Court Judges Association (treasurer, 2001; governing board, 1998-2002). Instructor, Judicial Institute of Maryland. Board of Directors, Women's Law Center of Maryland, 1983-98 (president, 1995-96). Board of Directors, Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association, 1993-97. Advisory Board, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1996-. Board of Directors, Baltimore Clayworks, 2001-. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 1997, 1999, 2001 (Circle of Excellence). Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2005.


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