The Honorable Irma Raker
Judge Irma Raker has served as a judge on the Court of Appeals of Maryland since 1994. Prior to that appointment, she served on the Circuit Court for Montgomery County and the District Court of Maryland. She also served as an Assistant State's Attorney for Montgomery County and as a partner in the law firm of Sachs, Greenebaum and Tayler. Since 1981, Judge Raker has chaired the Committee to Draft Pattern Jury Instructions in Maryland. She has also been an adjunct professor in Civil and Criminal Trial Advocacy at the Washington College of Law from 1980 to the present. Judge Raker received the 2007 Margaret Brent Award from the American Bar Association (ABA). Among Judge Raker's other commendations are the Century of Service Award by the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, the Ninth Annual Dorothy Beatty Memorial Award for Significant Contribution to Women's Rights by the Women's Law Center, and the Robert C. Heeney Award by the Maryland State Bar Criminal Law Section. The Maryland General Assembly recognized her outstanding contributions to the advancement and welfare of women in Maryland. Judge Raker was named the Syracuse Outstanding Alumnus by the Syracuse University Alumni Association of Maryland. She was recognized by The Daily Record as one of "Maryland's Top 100 Women" in 1998, 1999, and 2001, and was a recipient of The Daily Record's Leadership In Law Award in 2001.