RICHARD S. BERNHARDT, Associate Judge, Howard County Circuit Court, 5th Judicial Circuit, August 24, 2005 to 2021. Retired 2021. Senior Judge since November 7, 2021. Member, Mental Health, Alcoholism and Addiction Committee, 2005-08, and Juvenile Subcommittee of Family Law Committee, 2006-15, Maryland Judicial Conference. Member, Children's Justice Act Committee of State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, 2007-.

Assistant Public Defender, Juvenile Division, Baltimore City, 1984-86. Assistant Public Defender, Howard County, 1986-91 (supervisor, 1991-2000).

Member, Citizen Advisory Board, Community Alternative Sentencing Program, Howard County, 1995-2000; Instructional Materials and Criteria Review Committee, Board of Education, Howard County, 2000-02.

Assistant Attorney General for Insurance Fraud Division, Maryland Insurance Administration, 2000-05. Member, School Boundary Line Committee, Howard County Public School System, 2002-03; Peer Review Committee, Attorney Grievance Commission, 2002-05. Board of Directors, Howard County Mental Health Authority, 2003-05.

Born in 1948. University of Maryland College Park, B.A., 1980; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1983. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1984. Member, Maryland State Bar Association; Howard County Bar Association (long range planning committee, 2000; co-chair, law-day committee, 2004-). Member, James Macgill Chapter, American Inns of Court, 2004-. Secretary, Board of Directors, HC DrugFree, Inc., 2004-05 (steering committee, 2003-04). Cubmaster, Pack no. 944, Boy Scouts of America, 1996-98. Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America, 1973.

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