Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, August 14, 1995 to November 12, 2009.
Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, December 19, 1990 to August 13, 1995. Member, Correctional Options Advisory Board, 1993-96. Chair, Executive Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 1994-95.
Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 1, Baltimore City, August 3, 1987 to December 18, 1990. Member, Commissioner Education Committee, District Court of Maryland, 1987-91. Board of Directors, Judicial Institute of Maryland, 1987-91.
Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Maryland, 1981-83. Member, Inquiry Committee, Attorney Grievance Commission, 1986-87; Special Joint Committee on Minorities in the Legal Profession, 1987; Judicial Conference of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit; Governor's Task Force on Black and Minority Health, 1987.
Board of Visitors, Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland, 2002-.
City Solicitor, Department of Law, Baltimore City, September 1, 2017 to March 1, 2020.
Vice-Chair, COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force, 2020-21.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, February 11, 1949. Attended Baltimore City public schools; Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts; University of Pennsylvania, B.A. (american history), 1971; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1978. Law clerk to Judge Frank A. Kaufman, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1978-79, and to Judge Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, 1979-80. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1979. Member, American Bar Association (national conference of federal trial judges, judicial division, 1999-, chair, 2003-04); Maryland State Bar Association (section of judicial administration; section of litigation law council, special joint committee on minorities in the legal profession, 1987; section of correctional reform, 1989-); Baltimore City and Monumental City Bar Associations. Assistant Housing Manager & Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist, Housing Authority of Baltimore City, 1972-74. Director, Baltimore Urban League, Inc., 1975-78. Adjunct professor, Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland, 1981-2017. Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Law, 1984-87. President, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., 1985-87. Board of Trustees, Goucher College, 1985-91. Board of Directors, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Maryland, Inc., 1989-96, 2001-. Faculty, National Judicial College, 1994-. President, Digges Inn, American Inns of Court, 1997-98. Board of Directors, Open Society Institute - Baltimore, 2000-; Baltimore Urban Debate League. Co-Chair, Committee on Adjudication of International Science Issues, Einstein Institute for Science, Health and the Courts. Member, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity; Serjeants' Inn Law Club; Rule Day Club; Lawyers Round Table; Wranglers Law Club. American Jurisprudence Award. Myerowitz Moot Court Award, University of Maryland School of Law, 1977. Roger Howell Award, University of Maryland School of Law, 1978. Marshal-Wythe Moot Court Award. Benjamin L. Cardin Public Service Award, University of Maryland School of Law, 2008. Influential Marylanders, Daily Record, 2010. Mary Ellen Barbera Judicial Excellence Award, Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland, 2015. John Marshall Award, Judicial Division and Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, American Bar Association, 2017. Icon Honors, Daily Record, 2018. Leadership in Law Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Daily Record, 2021. Business and Civic Hall of Fame, Baltimore Sun, 2022.
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