The Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera



Mary Ellen Barbera is the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, Maryland’s state supreme court. Following her graduation in 1984 from the University of Maryland School of Law, she clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Karwacki, then an Associate Judge of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. She joined the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland in 1985 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Division and became Deputy Chief of the Division in 1989. In January 1998, she joined Governor Parris N. Glendening’s Office of Legal Counsel and Regulatory Affairs, serving as Deputy Legal Counsel until promoted to Chief Legal Counsel in June 1999. In January 2002, she was appointed an Associate Judge of the Court of Special Appeals, a position she held until September 2008, when she was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Martin O’Malley. In July 2013, she was appointed Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals by Governor Martin O’Malley. She is the first woman in the history of the Court to hold the position of Chief Judge.

Chief Judge Barbera is an adjunct professor at the American University Washington College of Law, where she has taught Criminal Procedure since 1993 and Advanced Criminal Procedure from 2006 to 2014. She taught both Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy as an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where in 1998 she received the award for Outstanding Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty Member. Chief Judge Barbera served for four years as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Judicial Institute, which provides continuing education for Maryland judges. She has served on the faculty of Judicial Institute programs and is a frequent lecturer at educational programs sponsored by various bar associations and law schools.



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