MELISSA M. PHINN, Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, since January 18, 2013.

Assistant Public Defender, District 1, Baltimore City, 1993-2002. Member, Juvenile Task Force, Office of Public Defender, 1993-95; Hiring Committee, 1999-2001. Member, Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, 9th Commission District, 2003-07.

Born in Washington, DC. Towson University, B.S. (history), 1976; School of Law, University of Maryland, J.D., 1992. Law clerk to Judge Ellen L. Hollander, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 1992-93. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1993. Associate, Law Office of Stanley H. Needleman, 2002-04. Solo practitioner, 2004-13. Member, Maryland State Bar Association, 1993-; Monumental City Bar Association, 1995-98; Howard County Bar Association, 2003-10; Women's Bar Association of Maryland, 2005-09, 2012-; Baltimore City Bar Association, 2012-. Member, Maryland Criminal Defense Counsel Association, 2004-. Member, McGill Chapter, American Inns of Court, 2005-07. Board of Directors, Legal Aid Bureau, 1996. Public Defender of the Year, District 1, 1997.

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