Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Karen Abrams
MSA SC 3520-13939


Born in New York, New York, March 19, 1948. George Washington University, B.A. (sociology), 1969. Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, J.D., 1979. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1979.

County Administrative Judge, St. Mary's County Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit, since November 7, 2005 (Associate Judge, October 18, 2002 to November 6, 2005). Presiding Judge, Adult Drug Court Program, 2008-. Member, Public Defender Regional Advisory Board no. 3 (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's & St. Mary's counties), 1999-; Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, St. Mary's County, 2005-. Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Subcommittee, Conference of Circuit Judges, 2009-. Member, Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, 7th Judicial Circuit, 1988-94; Inquiry Committee, Attorney Grievance Commission, 1994-2002.

Social worker, Department of Social Services, Charles County, 1970-71. Employment counselor, Work Incentive Program, Department of Employment & Social Services, 1971-73. Social worker, Department of Social Services, St. Mary's County, 1973-76. Associate, Briscoe, Kenney & Kaminetz, 1979-83. Solo practitioner, 1983-88, 1989-2002. Partner, Abrams & Izydore, 1989. Member, American and Maryland State Bar Associations; Women's Bar Association of Maryland; St. Mary's County Bar Association, 1979- (president, 1983; vice-president, 1982). Member, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1989-; Attorneys' Council, National School Board Association, 1992-2002; Maryland Council of School Board Attorneys, 1986-2002 (president, 1996-98; vice-president, 1994-96; secretary-treasurer, 1992-94). Board of Directors, United Way of St. Mary's County, 1984-94 (secretary, 1986-90, 1991-94; vice-president, 1990-91); St. Mary's County Nursing Center Foundation, 1986-98 (president, 1992-96; secretary, 1996-98); Calvert Marine Museum and Calvert Marine Museum Society, Inc., 1992-98 (secretary, 1996-98); Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust, Inc., 1996- (secretary, 2000-); Historic St. Mary's City Foundation, 1998-. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2003.

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