KAREN CHRISTY HOLT CHESSER, District Administrative Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 4, St. Mary's County, since August 16, 2016 (Associate Judge, June 30, 2010 to August 16, 2016). Member, District Court Chief Judge's Committee, Judicial Council, 2016-. Member, Maryland Electronic Courts Advisory Committee, 2017-.

Standing Examiner, St. Mary's County Circuit Court, 1982-92, 1999-2006. Assistant State's Attorney, 1989-91, and Deputy State's Attorney, St. Mary's County, 1991-98. Member, Inquiry Panel, Attorney Grievance Commission, 2000-01. Member, Human Relations Committee, St. Mary's County, 2002-04. County Attorney, St. Mary's County, 2006-10.

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, July 20, 1960. University of Washington, 1978-80; Washington College, B.A. (english literature), magna cum laude, 1982; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1985. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1985; U.S. District Court for District of Maryland, 1986. Associate, Law Office of Karen H. Abrams, 1986-87 (law clerk, 1985). Judicial law clerk to Judge John Hanson Briscoe, St. Mary's County Circuit Court, 1987-89. Sole practitioner, 1999-2005. Partner, Densford & Chesser, 2005-06. Member, Maryland State Bar Association, 1985- (committee on judicial appointments, 1996-2008); St. Mary's County Bar Association, 1985- (treasurer, 1990-98); American Bar Association, 1990-2000. Member, International Municipal Lawyers Association, 2006-10. Volunteer attorney, Mental Health Drug Abuse Advisory Council, 1986-87. Member, Rotary Club of Leonardtown, 1989-92; St. Mary's County Alliance, 1993-98; Criminal Justice Coalition, 1993-98, Project Graduation, 1992-98, Hot Spots Committee, 1996-98, St. Mary's County. Board of Directors, Marcey House (halfway house rehabilitative treatment facility), 2000-06.

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