Judge Karen Abrams selected to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

January 8, 2019

Visionary Woman: Champion of Peace & Nonviolence to be Honored

Judge Karen Abrams

Judge Karen Abrams

Former Maryland Circuit Court Judge, the Honorable Karen Abrams, has been selected by the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women to receive the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Judge Abrams’ community activities have included membership on the following boards: United Way of St. Mary’s County, St. Mary’s Nursing Center Foundation, Calvert Marine Museum and Calvert Marine Museum Society, Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust and Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation.

She has served with the Inquiry Committee of the Attorney Grievance Commission, the Public Defender Regional Advisory Board, the Attorney Character Committee for St. Mary’s County, the Maryland Council of School Board Attorneys and the Family Violence Coordinating Council.

Judge Abrams was integral in founding the St. Mary’s County Substance Abuse Recovery. The Substance Abuse Recovery Court promotes abstinence while addressing the unique needs of persons who have criminal records and addiction problems. With a team of professionals she has recruited, Judge Abrams and the recovery court have reduced the rate of incarceration and recidivism. Moreover, St. Mary’s County has seen a cost savings of $84 per person per day, and more than $25,000 per person annually.

Judge Abrams has a varied professional background that is reflected in her approach to seeking compassionate and creative solutions to difficult situations. With the heart of a social worker, the intellect of an attorney and the discernment of a judge, she has improved the lives of St. Mary’s County citizens in many ways.

She has represented many private and corporate clients over the course of her 23 years of practice, as well as the St. Mary’s County Board of Education, the St. Mary’s County Board of Elections, the St. Mary’s County Alcohol Beverage Board, St. Mary’s Nursing Center, St. Mary’s Home for the Elderly and the Town of Leonardtown.

Judge Abrams is a member of the Seventh Circuit Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, the Inquiry Committee of the Attorney Grievance Commission and the Conference of Circuit Court Judges, as well as the American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, St. Mary’s County Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Maryland and the Maryland Bar Foundation. Judge Abrams is a recipient of the Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award.

Judge Abrams will be honored at the Commission for Women’s Annual Banquet on Thursday March 14, 2019, at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.

Judge Karen Abrams

Judge Karen Abrams

14 Responses to Judge Karen Abrams selected to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

  1. Judge Roy Bean on January 8, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    How about victim’s rights?

    • AliceW on January 9, 2019 at 8:07 am

      You have the right not to be a victim. Not to hang out in high crime places or invite questionable people into your home. You can install all the security systems on your home that you want. Don’t leave valuables in your car or leave your car unlocked. Select your friends carefully. Her job is to keep the perps off the streets so they don’t repeat offend. Now why would you think she needs to spoon feed you all thru life?

      • ^ Idiot ^ on January 11, 2019 at 8:07 am

        I keep my vehicles locked, and have a security system. Yet, neither of those “prevented” a thief from breaking into my car. So what is your point? Our society has devolved into a sanctuary for criminals. The criminal’s rights outweigh the victims rights. If someone breaks into your home, and slices their arm on the window on the way in, they can sue the homewoner (and they WILL win in court, it has happened).

  2. LawAndOrder on January 9, 2019 at 5:45 am

    Left wing, liberal nutcase! She was an embarrassment to the judicial system.

  3. Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Judge Abrams, you have done a remarkable job. It is with great pride that I say “job well done”. Congratulations to you and I hope you enjoy your retirement to the fullest. Live long and laugh often.

    • RealJustice on January 10, 2019 at 9:57 am

      Says the ‘DEFENDANT’. Please STFU, you know you got off early.

  4. And Justice For ALL! on January 9, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Yes – EVERYONE AGREES that all of Maryland’s judges are doing a SPECTACULAR JOB!

    Criminals’ rights are protected like never before!

    Criminals are rarely incarcerated – and if they are – it’s only a short stay.

    Sentences are all minimal AND times served are ALWAYS only half of the original sentence so every effort is made to return convicted criminals to the communities, ASAP.

    Victims? Who cares about them? They’re no longer important, really. Besides, those murdered are dead – so you can’t bring em back, right? And time will heal everything else.

    Oh – you mean the damages to victim’s friends, families, properties? Those left to suffer will “get over it” in time. Can’t be bothered with things that cannot generate revenues.
    And the system itself will guarantee that all trials cost PLENTY of money – and take PLENTY of time.

    Why do you think it is called the “CRIMINAL JUSTICE” system?

    It’s all about getting justice for THEM! Got it?

    Yes indeedy – our judges care about criminals. Let’s ask for more awards and salary increases!

    • Yup on January 11, 2019 at 8:09 am

      Hahahaha, best comment so far

  5. Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    The judge known for lenient sentences on habitual offenders!

  6. SayNoToHugAThug on January 10, 2019 at 5:50 am

    Bye Felicia!

  7. Tina B on January 10, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Thank God she is off the bench! We truly need to get some hard core judges on the bench who don’t tolerate the BS that these people and their attorneys feed them! And the drug court that she started is a f#&king joke! I could go on and on but I’ll just leave it at that!

  8. Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    This is a huge loss for the community. The criminal community that is. She had hundreds of defendants that were given multiple chances and never received any punishments. Every time they would reoffend they would create a new victim. Even violent offenders were sent through the revolving door. Can she honestly look back on her career and say with a straight face she did anything to protect the community? All the victims or surviving family members of victims can do is look back at their perpetrators record and wonder why they were even free at the time to commit the crime. Dozens of repeat DWI offenders continue to keep their license, people with multiple assaults, multiple gun charges, multiple hard drug convictions, multiple thefts, and they just keep letting them out ROR or putting most of their charges on the stet docket. When they do go to jail they always get 18 months so they can do their time locally. Only the worst of the worst would ever see that time though. Good for her for making the criminals feel better about themselves.

  9. Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    A sentence is completely served when the suspect is back to their pre-trial state, their per-crime state. It is not finished/ served when they walk out of jail, that is simply when the SAs office is no longer involved. Once someone completely gets their life back together, thats when the sentence has been served. Please take this into considerations when a mission statement for incarceration is composed. There should be a different ms for the SAs and for the judges, and for different lengths of time.

  10. sillysue on January 12, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    “Don’t leave valuables in your car” That sounds as STUPID as “Don’t leave valuables in your house”!!!