Gary E. Bair has been an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law since 1989. He currently co-teaches Criminal Procedure I and Criminal Procedure II with Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. Early in his legal career, Judge Bair supervised students full time in WCL’s Criminal Justice Clinic from 1977 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1982.
A 1976 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, Judge Bair served as law clerk to the Honorable J. Dudley Digges of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. He served as an Assistant Public Defender in Prince George’s County from 1979 to 1980.
Judge Bair served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland from 1983 to 2004. From 1983 to 1987, he was an Assistant and then Chief of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Judge Bair was Chief of the Criminal Appeals Division from 1987 to 2002, during which time he briefed and argued countless cases in the state and federal appellate courts. He was also the Solicitor General at the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland from 2002 to 2004. During his tenure in that position, Judge Bair argued two cases in the United States Supreme Court, Wiggins v. Smith and Maryland v. Pringle.
Judge Bair left the Attorney General’s Office in 2004, to become a principal in the Greenbelt, Maryland law firm of Bennett & Bair, which had a statewide practice concentrating in criminal appeals and post-conviction matters. He was in private practice until his appointment to the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland in January 2012.