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Robert B. Watts Hon. Robert B. Watts (1922-1998)
Simmie Knox (1936- )
Oil on canvas, 2001
49 H x 37 W in.
Presented, October 21, 2001
Donor, Bonnie Butler, Sheily Sachs (Family Law Attorneys)
Owner, Baltimore City Circuit Court
Private Career:
Admitted to the bar, 1949
Founding partner, Brown, Allen, & Watts, 1949
Practiced with Russell & Thompson, P.A. 1985-1986
Of Counsel, Piper & Marbury, 1986-
Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland School of Law
Public Service:
Assistant Chief Enforcement Attorney, Office of Price Administration, 1951
Substitute police magistrate, 1953
Assistant police court magistrate, 1956
Judge, Baltimore Traffic Court, 1957
Judge, Municipal Court of Baltimore City, 1960-1966
Associate Judge, Supreme Bench of Baltimore City, 1968-1985
The firm of Brown, Allen & Watts was the first major African-American law firm in Maryland. Named one of the pre-eminent Baltimore lawyers and judges of the 20th century. First African-American judge appointed to the Municipal Court of Baltimore City by Governor J. Millard Tawes. Appointed to the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City by Governor Spiro T. Agnew. Help to create a specialized Family Court in Baltimore City. In 2000, the United States Postal Service building at 3500 Dolfield Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland, was named as the Judge Robert Bernard Watts, Sr. Post Office Building.

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