JOSEPH H. H. KAPLAN, Circuit Administrative Judge, 8th Judicial Circuit, Baltimore City Circuit Court, September 20, 1984 to September 20, 1999. Chief Judge, 8th Judicial Circuit, Baltimore City Circuit Court, August 3, 1998 to October 1, 2006. Associate Judge, January 19, 1977 to September 19, 1984, and 1999-2006. Retired October 1, 2006.
Member, Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 1982-2000 (emeritus status, 2000-). Executive Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 1983-87. Member, Conference of Circuit Judges, 1984-. Chair, State-Federal Judicial Council, 1989-. Chair, Sentencing Guidelines Advisory Board, Maryland Judicial Conference, 1990-99 (member, 1981-99). Member, Family and Domestic Relations Law Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 1997-2000; Ad Hoc Committee on the Implementation of Family Divisions, 1997-2002.
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, 1963-65. Past executive secretary, Mayor's Advisory Commission on Crime, Baltimore City. Member, Maryland Commission on Human Relations, 1969-71. Member, Expenditure Control Committee, Baltimore City, 1972-77; Board of Ethics, Baltimore City, 1972-77. President, Civil Service Commission of Baltimore City, 1972-77. Chair, Executive Pay Plan Committee, Baltimore City, 1975-77. Member, Correctional Options Advisory Board, 1993-. Co-Chair, Task Force on Sentencing and Intermediate Sanctions of Cabinet Council on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, 1995-96. Member, Commission on the Future of Maryland Courts, 1995-97; Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 1996-99.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, January 2, 1937. The Johns Hopkins University, A.B., 1957; University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1960 (editor, University of Chicago Law Review, 1959-60). Law clerk to Chief Judge Frederick W. Brune, Maryland Court of Appeals, 1960-61. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1961. Served in U.S. Army, U.S. Army National Guard, U.S. Air Force Reserve, and U.S. Naval Reserve. Member, American Bar Association; Maryland State Bar Association (board of governors, 2007-; chair, criminal law & practice section, 1975-76; co-chair, alternative dispute resolution committee, 1985-88); Baltimore City Bar Association (committee on legal services to the indigent, 1981-87; former member, bankruptcy & business law committee; continuing legal education committee). President, Library Company of the Baltimore Bar, 1979-83 (board member, 1977). Partner, Venable, Baetjer & Howard, 1969-77 (attorney, 1962-63, 1965-69). Chair, Alcoholism Services Advisory Committee of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1979-85. Trustee, Woodbourne Center, 1967-82. President, Quarter Way House, Inc., 1977-79. President, J. Dudley Digges Inn, American Inns of Court, 1990-91 (member, 1986-). Board of Trustees, Baltimore City Historical Society, 2002-; Baltimore Bar Foundation, 2008-09. Honorary board member, Maryland Chapter, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 1986. Past officer, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Maryland, Inc.; Dismas House. Member, Serjeants' Inn Law Club, 1963-99 (master serjeant, 1977-78). Inactive member, Barristers' Law Club. Member, Lawyers Round Table Law Club, 1983-. Distinguished Citizenship Certificate, Maryland Governor, 1971. Mayor's Citation, Baltimore City, 1971. Baltimore City's Living Legal Legends, Baltimore City Bar Association, 2011.
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