ROBERT B. KERSHAW, Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, February 6, 2006 to February 6, 2022. Retired February 6, 2022. Senior Judge since February 26, 2022. Judge-in-Charge, Juvenile Division, January 2011 to September 1, 2018. Presiding Judge, Family Recovery Court, 2012-22. Member, Foster Care Court-Improvement Implementation Committee, 2012-15. Member, Juvenile Law Committee, 2015-20 (foster care court improvement program subcommittee, 2021-), and Joint Work Group on Human Trafficking, 2016-22, Judicial Council. Member, Commission on Judicial Disabilities, 2016-24.

Member, Committee on Business and Technology, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 2001-03. Board of Directors, Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 2003-12. Chair, State Prosecutor Selection and Disabilities Commission, 2004-06.

Board of Directors, Maryland Humanities Council, 1994-2009 (executive committee, 1996-2009; chair, 1996-98; treasurer, 2003-2009).

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, 1952. Attended McDonogh School, Owings Mills, Maryland; Princeton University, B.A. (american history), cum laude, 1974; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1977. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1977; New York State Bar, 1983. Admitted to practice before U.S. District Court for District of Maryland, 1978, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1983; U.S. Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit, 1986; U.S. Supreme Court, 1989. Associate, Ober, Grimes & Shriver, 1977-84. Partner, Quinn, Ward & Kershaw, 1984-95; Ward, Kershaw & Minton, P.A., 1995-2002; Ward & Kershaw, P.A., 2002-06. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (litigation law section; board of governors, 2002-04; budget & finance committee, 2003-; senior lawyers section council, 2004-; chair, anti-discrimination matters committee, 2002-10; co-chair, special committee on courthouse construction; co-chair, professionalism committee, 2012-); Baltimore City Bar Association (executive council, 1995-2004; secretary, 1997-98; treasurer, 1998-99; vice-president, 1999-2000; president-elect, 2000-01; president, 2001-02). Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 1999-. Life Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2001-; Baltimore Bar Foundation, 2002- (board of directors, 1997-; secretary, 1997-98; treasurer, 1998-99; president, 1999-2000). Member, Equal Justice Council, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., 1998-2003. Board of Directors, Baltimore Courthouse and Law Museum Foundation, Inc., 1998-2006. Member, Baltimore City Historical Society (board of directors, 2001-06; executive committee, 2001; nominating committee, 2003); Maryland Historical Society; Preservation Maryland, Inc. (board of directors, 1983-98, 2002-08; executive committee, 1985-90; president, 1987-90). George T. Harrison Volunteer Award, Preservation Maryland, 1990. Champion of Justice Award, Legal Aid Bureau, 2003. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2007.

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