Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Kathleen L. Beckstead
MSA SC 3520-13468

Biography:

Born in Galveston, Texas, July 28, 1961. Villanova University, B.A. (political science), 1983; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1987. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1987.

Associate Judge, Wicomico County Circuit Court, 1st Judicial Circuit, August 4, 2000 to September 18, 2010, and since October 1, 2015 (County Administrative Judge, September 18, 2010 to October 1, 2015). Presiding Judge, Adult Drug Court Program. Member, Drug Treatment Court Commission, 2005-06. Member, Problem-Solving Courts Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 2007-09 (drug treatment court oversight committee, 2007-14). Member, Specialty Courts and Dockets Committee, Judicial Council, 2015-.

Master of Domestic and Juvenile Law, Wicomico County Circuit Court, 1996-2000. Member, Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, 1st Commission District, 1999-; Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, Wicomico County, 2004-; Delinquency Prevention Board, and Local Management Board, Partnership for Families and Children, Wicomico County.

Law clerk to Judge Alfred T. Truitt, Jr., and Judge D. William Simpson, Wicomico County Circuit Court. Attorney, Anthenelli & Otway, 1988-96 (partner, 1994-96). Member, Maryland State Bar Association (family & juvenile law section, 1997-; family & juvenile law section council, 1999-); Women's Bar Association of Maryland, Eastern Shore Chapter (founder, 1991; treasurer, 1992; president, 1998); Wicomico County Bar Association (vice-president, 1992; president, 1993; secretary, 1994, 1998). Member, First Thursday Law Group.

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