Anselm Sodaro (1911-2002)
MSA SC 3520-13926
Associate Judge, Baltimore City Supreme Bench, 1956-1975
Chief Judge, Baltimore City Supreme Bench, 1975-1980
Born, Enna, Sicily, Italy on September 9, 1910. Son of Michael and Nunzia (d. 1977) Sodaro; two brothers, Manuel and Joseph. Immigrated to the United States, 1916. Graduated Baltimore City College, 1927. Received B.Ph., Loyola College, 1931; LL.B., University of Maryland Law School, 1934. Admitted to the bar, December 5, 1938. Married, Ella Quotadamo (d. 1962), 1938; Mildred Brit Glass, 1985. Three children, Stephanie Sodaro Esworthy, Susanne Sodaro, and Christine Sodaro. Died, Baltimore, Maryland, July 28, 2002.
Attorney, New Amsterdam Causality Company, 1934-1938. Assistant
State's Attorney, Baltimore City, 1938-1950. Elected State's Attorney,
Baltimore City, 1950; re-elected, 1954. Prosecuted a number of high
profile cases, including the Grammer murder case in 1952. Appointed to the
Supreme Bench of Baltimore City by Gov. Theodore R. McKeldin, December 11,
1956. Elevated to Chief Judge by Gov. Marvin Mandel, September 2, 1975.
Administrative Judge, Baltimore City Supreme Bench, September, 1975, until
July, 1978. Retired, January 1, 1980. As a judge, noted for his
temperament; in 1998, the Maryland State Bar Association introduced the Judge
Anselm Sodaro Judicial Civility Award. While Chief Judge, introduced
affirmitive-action plan for Court House jobs. Pushed historic preservation
efforts of Baltimore City Court House. Member, Elks Club; Italian-American
Civic Club, Appian Society.
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