Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Charlotte M. Cooksey
MSA SC 3520-11899


Born October 30, 1947.  Attended Louise S. McGehee School; Newcomb College of Tulane University, B.A., 1968; Loyola University School of Law, J.D.,  1971; University of Cambridge, Institute of Juvenile Justice, 1980; National College of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 1980; National College of Judges, 1985; Genome Justice course, National Association of Women Judges, 2004; Co-occurring Disorders course, National Judicial College, 2004. Admitted to Louisiana Bar, 1971; District of Columbia Bar, 1972; Maryland Bar, 1976.

Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 1, Baltimore City, August 15, 1983 to April 22, 2008. Retired April 22, 2008. Presiding Judge, Mental Health Court, 2002-08. Member, Executive Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 1992-96 (vice-chair, 1993; chair, 1994). Member, Mental Health, Alcoholism and Addiction Committee, 1993-2008, Maryland Judicial Conference. Chair, Judicial Ethics Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 2000-08. Co-Chair, Problem-Solving Courts Committee, 2007-08 (chair, mental health oversight committee, 2007-08) Maryland Judicial Conference.

Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1974-75. Master in Chancery, Division of Juvenile Causes, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 1979-83. Member, Task Force on the Needs of Persons with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, 2004- (member, Maryland Forensic Task Force). 

VISTA Attorney, New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation, 1971-72. Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., 1972-74. Managing Attorney, Child Advocacy Project, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., 1975-79. Member, Maryland State, Louisiana, District of Columbia, Baltimore City and Women's Bar Associations. Member, Women's Law Center of Maryland; National Association of Women Judges. Civic Leadership Award, Alternative Directions for Women, 2001. Public Official Award, Mental Health Association of Maryland, 2003. Outstanding Public Servant Award, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maryland, 2007. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2007.

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