KATHRYN GRILL GRAEFF, Judge, Appellate Court of Maryland, 3rd Appellate Judicial Circuit (Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard & Washington Counties), since September 2, 2008 (prior to Dec. 14, 2022, Appellate Court of Maryland was named Court of Special Appeals). Judge, Court of Special Appeals, 3rd Appellate Judicial Circuit (Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard & Washington Counties), September 2, 2008 to December 14, 2022. Member, Commission on Professionalism, 2009-12. Member, Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 2009-14. Board of Directors, Maryland Professionalism Center, 2012-16. Member, Domestic Law Committee, 2015-16, and Education Committee, 2015-19, Judicial Council. Chair, Judicial Ethics Committee, 2020- (vice-chair, 2018-20), Judicial Council.
Chief, Criminal Appeals Division, Office of Attorney General, 2002-08 (assistant attorney general, 1990-99; deputy chief, criminal appeals division, 1999-2002).
Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Attended Robert E. Peary High School, Rockville, Maryland; Marquette University, B.A., 1983; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1986 (assistant editor, Maryland Law Review, 1985-86). Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1986; U.S. District Court for District of Maryland, 1987; U.S. Court of Appeals for 4th Circuit, 1990; U.S. Supreme Court, 1994. Associate, Smith, Somerville, & Case, 1986-90. Member, Maryland State Bar Association,1987- (criminal law & practice section council, 2000-, chair, 2006-07; litigation section council, 2008-, chair, 2016-17; criminal pattern jury instructions committee, 2019-, chair, 2021-); Howard County Bar Association, 1994-. Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2007-. President, Howard County Chapter, James MacGill American Inns of Court, 2020 (member, 2004-06, 2016-). Lecturer, Judicial Institute of Maryland, Judicial College of Maryland. Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland School of Law, 2002-04, 2006. Instructor, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL), 2004-07. Volunteer settlement officer and mediator for civil cases, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 1990, 1999-2008. Exceptional Leadership Award, Office of Attorney General, 2007. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2016.
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