KAREN C. (CHAYA) FRIEDMAN, Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, March 5, 2014 to December 31, 2021. Resigned December 31, 2021. Member, Specialty Courts and Dockets Committee, Judicial Council, 2019-21.

Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 1, Baltimore City, August 23, 2010 to March 5, 2014. Judge, Drug Treatment Court, 2013-14. Member, Public Awareness Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 2013-.

Judge, Orphans' Court, Baltimore City, March 2001 to August 23, 2010. Member, Conference of Orphans' Court Judges, 2003-10 (chair, 2006-08).

Member, Professional Responsibility Committee, Maryland Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, 1998-2000.

Director of Criminal Justice Innovation, Development and Engagement, U.S. Department of Justice, 2022-.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, 1971. University of Maryland Baltimore County, B.A. (political science), 1993; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1997 (order of the coif, national law school honor society). Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1997; District of Columbia Bar, 1999. Certified mediator, Baltimore Mediation Center, 1998. Associate, Willner & Associates, 1997-2001. Member, Maryland State Bar Association, 1998-; District of Columbia Bar Association, 2000-; Trial Judges Association of Maryland, 2001-; Baltimore City Bar Association, 2009- (executive council, 2012-; co-chair, bench/bar committee); Women's Bar Association of Maryland. Member, Maryland Association of Judges of the Orphans' Court, 2001-10 (secretary, 2001); National Association of Probate Judges; National Association of Women Judges. Board of Directors, Women's Department, Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 1992-2010. Chair, Advisory Board, Counseling, Helpline and Aid Network for Abused Women (Chana), 1995-2003. Member, Women's Leadership Forum, Democratic National Committee, 1996-2001. Selection Committee, Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Fund for the Enrichment of Jewish Education, 2001-. Executive Board, Simon E. Sobeloff Law Society, 2007-. Adjunct Professor (written & oral advocacy), University of Maryland School of Law, 2007-10. Member, Alumni Board, University of Maryland School of Law, 2009-. Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel, 2009- (member, 2001-). Founder and Co-Chair, Domestic Violence Interfaith Initiative, 2013-. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2002, 2004, 2010 (Circle of Excellence). Very Important Professionals List, Daily Record, 2010.

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