DEBORAH SWEET EYLER
Judge, Court of Special Appeals, At Large, June 17, 1997 to August 31, 2018. Retired August 31, 2018. Senior Judge since 2018. Chair, Maryland Judicial Commission on Pro Bono, 1998-2000. Member, Civil Law and Procedure Committee, 2000-03, and Family Law Committee, 2003-14 (chair, custody subcommittee, 2006-14), Maryland Judicial Conference. Member, Library Committee, Thurgood Marshall State Law Library, 2007-2019. Chair, Records Retention Work Group of Court Technology Committee, 2015-16. Member, Domestic Law Committee, 2015-18, Retired and Recalled Judges Committee, 2017, and Vice-Chair, Senior Judges Committee, 2017- (chair, legislative subcommittee & newsletter subcommittee), Judicial Council. Member, Court Technology Committee, 2022-, Judicial Council. Chair, Custody Evaluator Training and Standards Work Group of Domestic Law Committee, 2022, Judicial Council.
Chair, Trial Courts Nominating Commission, Baltimore County, 1995-97.
Born in New York, New York, August 11, 1952. Attended Cleveland Heights High School, Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Served in U.S. Peace Corps, Sierra Leone, West Africa, 1973-74. New York University, Washington Square, and University College of Arts and Sciences, B.A., 1975; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1981 (order of the coif, national law school honor society). Member, National Moot Court Team. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1982. Partner, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, 1990-97 (associate, 1982-89). Member, Maryland State Bar Association (board of governors, 1995-97; criminal subcommittee of pattern jury instruction committee, 2012-); Baltimore County Bar Association. Member, Maryland Bar Foundation. Award of Special Recognition, Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 2000. Maryland Pro Bono Service Award, Pro Bono Resource Center, 2000, 2002. Legal Excellence Award for Advancement of the Rights of the Disadvantaged, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2003. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2017.
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