MELVIN JAMES JEWS, Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 2, Dorchester County, since June 20, 2014. Member, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee, 2015-20, Legislative Committee, 2018-; Equal Justice Committee, 2020-22; and District Court Chief Judge's Committee, 2021-, Judicial Council.

Assistant State's Attorney, Baltimore City, 1987-90. Senior Solicitor, Department of Law, Baltimore City, 1990-95. Member, Commission on African-American History and Culture, 1991-95. Chief of Litigation, Housing Authority of Baltimore City, 1995-2001. Member and mentor, Minority Achievement Program, Board of Education, Dorchester County. Member, Tenants' Council, Housing Authority of Cambridge. Former member, Ethics Commission, City of Cambridge.

Born in Maryland. University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. (government & politics), 1982; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1986. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1986. Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Bureau, 1986-87. Sole practitioner, 2001-14. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (criminal law & practice section); Dorchester County Bar Association, 2001; Gloria Richardson Bar Association (board of directors; chair, judicial appointments committee). Member, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers. Volunteer attorney, Mid-Shore Council for Pro-Bono Services. Member, Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence. Advisory Board, Salvation Army.

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