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Shirley M. WattsNONENon-Partisan Appellate Judge
63
Years of Age
MDResidence (state)

Shirley Marie Watts (born March 6, 1959) is an American lawyer and jurist from Baltimore, Maryland. Since July 2013, she has served as a Judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court. Watts is the first African American woman to serve as a judge on the Court of Appeals. Prior to her appointment, she was a judge on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals from 2011 to 2013 and an associate judge on the Baltimore City Circuit Court.Born in Baltimore, Watts received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University in 1980. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law–Camden in 1983. On July 3, 2013, Governor Martin O'Malley nominated Watts to fill the seat of retired Chief Judge Robert M. Bell on the Court of Appeals, representing the 6th Appellate Circuit (Baltimore City).

Education4 - 4 of 2
Rutgers University School of Law
JD
1983
Howard University
BA
1980
Other Experience1 - 10 of 10
Member
Slavery Awareness Advisory Council
2001
Chair
History Committee, Baltimore Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Member
Baltimore City Bar
Member
Alliance of Black Women Attorneys
Member
Monumental City Bar Association
Member
Alliance of Black Women Attorneys
Member
National Association of Women Judges
Member
Baltimore City and Monumental City Bar Associations
Member
Judicial Education Subcommittee of the Education Committee of Judicial Council
2017 - 2018
Member
Maryland Judicial Conference Work Group
2016 - 2018