MARIELSA A. BERNARD, Associate Judge, Montgomery County Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit, since March 1, 2002. Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 6, Montgomery County, October 16, 1998 to March 1, 2002. Member, Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, 1999-2001, and Public Awareness Committee, 2001-, Maryland Judicial Conference. Member, Business and Technology Division Task Force, 2000; Public Trust and Confidence Implementation Committee, 2000-; Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias, 2002-.

Member, East County Advisory Board, Montgomery County, 1994-96; Hispanic and Latino Advisory Group to County Executive, Montgomery County, 1994-98; Community Partnership Board, Montgomery County, 1995-98. Born in Washington, DC, October 15, 1955. Attended Thomas S. Wootton High School, Rockville, Maryland; Loyola College, B.A. (political science), 1977; Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, J.D., 1980. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1981. Associate, Ferretti, Ehrlich & Gordon, 1981-84 (law clerk, 1978-81); Tietz & Ferretti, 1984-86; Vincent E. Ferretti, Jr., 1986-87. Sole practitioner, 1987-97. Partner, Keiffer, Johnston, Reinstein, Bernard & Heffron, 1997-98. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (chair, hispanic-latino lawyers committee, 1996-); Montgomery County Bar Association (co-chair, outreach section; chair, nomination & elections committee; co-chair, special committee on leadership academy, 2002-); Maryland Hispanic Bar Association (president, 1994-95 & past board member); Women's Bar Association of Montgomery County (chair, take-your-daughter-to-work-day program). Member, Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association; National Association of Women Judges. Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation; Montgomery Bar Foundation. Board member, Hispanic Alliance, 1995-98. Founder, The Story Book Project (program for incarcerated mothers), 2001. Citation, Office of County Executive, Montgomery County, 1982, 1998. Citation, Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, 1994.

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