Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Katherine D. Savage
MSA SC 3520-2657


Born in New Haven, Connecticut, February 9, 1945.  Attended Our Lady of the Valley High School, Orange, New Jersey; Seton Hall University, B.S. (magna cum laude, nursing), 1967; Rutgers University, M.A. (magna cum laude, American history), 1977; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1986.  Admitted to the Maryland bar, 1986.  Married to James C. Savage; four children.

Associate Judge, Montgomery County Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit, March 1, 2002 to October 31, 2013. Retired November 1, 2013. Presiding Judge, Juvenile Drug Court, 2005-13. Chair, Public Defender Regional Advisory Board no. 4 (Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Montgomery & Washington counties), 2002-09. Member, Foster Care Court-Improvement Implementation Committee, 2004-12 (chair, representation subcommittee, 2004-12). Member, Legislative Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 2011-13.

Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 6, Montgomery County, November 12, 1997 to March 1, 2002. Member, Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, 1997-2000, and Juvenile Law Committee, 2000-01, Maryland Judicial Conference. Founding member, Teen Court Project, 1997 (advisory committee, 1997-2013); Juvenile Court Mentoring Program, 2004-2013. Member, Judicial Education Committee, District Court of Maryland, 2000-02.

Member, State's Attorneys Liaison Committee, Department of Juvenile Justice, 1992-97; Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 1995-96 (advisory member, juvenile rules subcommittee). Senior Assistant State's Attorney, Montgomery County, 1995-97 (supervisor, juvenile court division, 1995-97, & district court division, 1997; assistant state's attorney, 1988-95). Member, State Board of Law Examiners, 1996-97.

Associate, Catterton, Kemp & Mason, 1986-88. Member, Maryland State and Montgomery County Bar Associations; Women's Bar Association of Maryland (president, Montgomery County chapter, 2001-02). Vice-President, Maryland Chapter, National Association of Women Judges, 2003-04. Member, Montgomery Inn of Court. President, Montgomery County Women's Bar Foundation, 2002-. Inducted, Kappa Gamma Pi, National Catholic Women's Honor Society, 1967. Ann Murphy Award for Academic Excellence, Seton Hall University, 1967. American Jurisprudence Award (criminal law), 1985, (administrative law), 1986. Best Service to the Public Project Award (preparing for success program), Maryland State Bar Association, 2002. Outstanding Jurist Award, Montgomery County Bar Association, 2003. Distinguished and Outstanding Mentoring Service, Task Force on Mentoring of Montgomery County, Inc., 2003. Appreciation Award, Maryland Foster Care Court Improvement Project, 2007. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2008.

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