MELISSA K. COPELAND, Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, since February 28, 2014.

Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 1, Baltimore City, from May 4, 2012 to February 28, 2014. Member, Public Awareness Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 2013-.

Assistant State's Attorney, Baltimore City, 2000-12 (deputy chief, narcotics division, 2005-12). Court-appointed Civil Mediator, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 2007-12.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland. University of Maryland Baltimore County, B.A. (sociology), 1991; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1998. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1998. Law clerk to Judge Bonita J. Dancy, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 1998-2000. Member, Maryland State Bar Association, 1999- (criminal law section, 2005, 2008; family law section, 2010-11); Baltimore City Bar Association, 2009-11; Monumental City Bar Association; Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, 1998-99, 2009-11. Executive assistant, Abrams, Foster, Nole & Williams, P.A., 1991-96. Assistant Administrator, Douglas Memorial Community Church, 1996-98. Group fitness instructor and assistant personal trainer, Merritt Athletic Clubs, 2001-. Volunteer attorney, Maryland Volunteer Attorneys; Just Advice. Member, Aerobics and Fitness Federation of America, 2000-; Maryland Program for Mediation Excellence, 2010-. Chief's Award, Baltimore County Police Department, 2009. Outstanding Contributions in Field of Drug Enforcement, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, 2009. Certificate of Commendation, Baltimore City Police Department, 2011. Member, Douglas Memorial Community Church, 1974-2003 (board of trustees, 2002-03).

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