The Honorable De Lawrence Beard
Judge DeLawrence Beard is currently the Chief Judge of the Montgomery County Circuit Court, a position he has held since 1996. Prior to his appointment as Chief Judge, Judge Beard was an Associate Judge on the Montgomery County Circuit Court from 1984 to 1996. Judge Beard has also served as a District Court Judge for Montgomery County, Public Defender for Montgomery County, and Senior Assistant State's Attorney in Montgomery County. Judge Beard is a co-founder of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Judicature Society, and Phi Beta Gamma Legal Fraternity. His awards include Governor's Citation, 1998; Meritorious Achievement Award, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Iota Upsilon Lambda Chapter, 1989; Charles Sumner High School Hall of Fame Award, 1985; Montgomery County NAACP Community Service Award, 1984; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity - Mu Nu Chapter Outstanding Citizen of the Year, 1982; J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association Award, 1993; J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association Legal Excellence Award, 2003; and History Makers, April 2003.