BALTIMORE CITY CIRCUIT COURT

FORMER JUDGES


WANDA KEYES HEARD, Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, February 3, 1999 to December 31, 2019 (Chief Judge, Dec. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2019). Retired December 31, 2019. Member, Technology Oversight Board, 2003-07. Member, In-Service Education and Training Committee, Baltimore City Police Department, 2006-07. Member, Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 2009-10.

Assistant State's Attorney, Baltimore City, 1983-85. Division Chief, Sex Offense Unit, Office of State's Attorney, Baltimore City, 1988-90. Assistant attorney general, 1986-87. Assistant Federal Public Defender, 1987-88. Assistant U.S. Attorney, St. Croix Division, U.S. Virgin Islands, 1991-94. Chief, Criminal Division (1994), Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, (1994-97), and Special Assistant to Director (1997-98), Office of U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Florida.

Born in Long Branch, New Jersey. University of Maryland Baltimore County, B.A. (political science), 1979; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1982. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1983. Attorney with Horn, Dressell & Bennett, 1985-86. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (chair, special committee on law links, 2002-); Baltimore City Bar Association. Member, Maryland Circuit Judges Association; National Association of Women Judges. Co-Chair, Community Law in Action, 2002-06. Board of Directors, Library Company of the Baltimore City Bar, 2010-. Adjunct faculty, Judicial Institute of Maryland; Snyder Institute, University of Baltimore School of Law, 2005; National Judicial College, 2006-07. Member, Hunting Ridge Community Assembly; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Baltimore's Top Attorneys, Baltimore AFRO-American newspaper, 1991. Special Achievement Award for Sustained Superior Performance, U.S. Department of Justice, 1992. Recognition Award, Investigation Bureau, U.S. Virgin Islands Police, 1994. Dedicated Service Award, Office of U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Florida, 1997. Recognition Award, U.S. Secret Service, Tampa, 1997. Service Award, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tampa, 1997. Recognition Award, U.S. Pretrial Services, Tampa, 1997. Recognition Award, Drug Enforcement Administration, Tampa, 1997. Anti-Narcotics Mission Recognition Award, U.S. Customs Service, Tampa, 1997. Letter of commendation, U.S. Attorney General, 1997. Appreciation Award, Edmondson Community Organization, Inc., 2000. Harvesting Dreams, Legally Appreciation Award, School no. 370, Baltimore Detention Center, 2001. Citation recognizing service, U. S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, 2003. Woman of the Year in Government, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., 2003. Service Recognition Award, National Association of Black Narcotics Agents, 2004. Litigation Week Recognition, University of Baltimore School of Law, 2005. Special Recognition Award for Training, Baltimore City Police Department, 2006. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2006. Myrtle Tyler Faithful Community Service Award, Alpha Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., 2007. Living Women History Makers Community Award, Baltimore City Club, National Association of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, 2007. Recognition of Achievement, Harry A. Cole Judicial Council, 2009. Alumna of the Year Award, Black Law Student Association, University of Maryland School of Law, 2009. Torchbearer Award for Leadership and Service, Justice and Equality, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, 2011. Dare to Dream Award, Baltimore Area Graduate Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, 2011. Legendary Member Award, Monumental City Bar Association, 2012. Thurgood Marshall Award for Judicial Excellence, Baltimore Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2013. Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding performance and lasting contribution to Recruit Officer Class 20, Anne Arundel Community College Policy Academy, 2015. Member, New Psalmist Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland (social action legal ministry). Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2017. Icon Honors, Daily Record, 2019.

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