KAREN H. ABRAMS, Associate Judge, St. Mary's County Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit, since October 18, 2002.

Member, Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, 7th Judicial Circuit, 1988-94; Inquiry Committee, Attorney Grievance Commission, 1994-2002; Public Defender Regional Advisory Board no. 3 (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's & St. Mary's counties), 1999-2002. 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, Catholic University, 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, Maryland and Women's Bar Associations; 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- (secretary, 2000-); Historic St. Mary's City Foundation, 1998-.

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