KAREN H. ABRAMS, County Administrative Judge, St. Mary's County Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit, November 7, 2005 to March 19, 2018 (Associate Judge, October 18, 2002 to November 6, 2005). Retired March 19, 2018. Presiding Judge, Adult Substance Abuse Recovery Court (formerly Adult Drug Court), 2008-. Member, Public Defender Regional Advisory Board no. 3 (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's & St. Mary's counties), 1999-2002; Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, St. Mary's County, 2005-18. Member, Conference of Circuit Judges, 2009-13.

Member, Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, 7th Judicial Circuit, 1988-94; Inquiry Committee, Attorney Grievance Commission, 1994-2002.

Born in New York, New York, March 19, 1948. George Washington University, B.A. (sociology), 1969. Social worker, Department of Social Services, Charles County, 1970-71. Employment counselor, Work Incentive Program, Department of Employment & Social Services, 1971-73. Social worker, Department of Social Services, St. Mary's County, 1973-76. Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, J.D., 1979. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1979. Associate, Briscoe, Kenney & Kaminetz, 1979-83. Solo practitioner, 1983-88, 1989-2002. Partner, Abrams & Izydore, 1989. Member, American and Maryland State Bar Associations; Women's Bar Association of Maryland; St. Mary's County Bar Association, 1979- (president, 1983; vice-president, 1982). Member, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1989-; Attorneys' Council, National School Board Association, 1992-2002; Maryland Council of School Board Attorneys, 1986-2002 (president, 1996-98; vice-president, 1994-96; secretary-treasurer, 1992-94). Board of Directors, United Way of St. Mary's County, 1984-94 (secretary, 1986-90, 1991-94; vice-president, 1990-91); St. Mary's County Nursing Center Foundation, 1986-98 (president, 1992-96; secretary, 1996-98); Calvert Marine Museum and Calvert Marine Museum Society, Inc., 1992-98 (secretary, 1996-98); Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust, Inc., 1996-2002 (secretary, 2000-02); Historic St. Mary's City Foundation, 1998-2004. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2003. Certificate of Appreciation, Community Mediation Maryland, 2011.

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