Dorch­ester court mag­is­trate ap­pointed as Tal­bot County District Court judge

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­

CAM­BRIDGE — Karen R. Ket­ter­man was an­nounced as the next Tal­bot County District Court Judge on Wed­nes­day, April 11 by Gov. Larry Ho­gan.

Ket­ter­man will be the first fe­male judge in Tal­bot County, suc­ceed­ing Judge Wil­liam H. Ad­kins III. Ad­kins had served for al­most 34 years in the role of as­so­ciate judge for the District Court of Mary­land in District 3, Tal­bot County. He first was ap­pointed to the post by for­mer Gov. Harry Hughes on Jan. 30, 1984.

“Af­ter a care­ful and thor­ough vet­ting process, I am con­fi­dent that Karen Ket­ter­man is the most qual­i­fied can­di­date to fill this va­cancy,” Ho­gan said. “Her ded­i­ca­tion to the prac­tice of law and her ad­vo­cacy on be­half of the chil­dren and fam­i­lies of the Mid-Shore show that she will serve the peo­ple of her com­mu­nity well in this new role.”

Since 2008, Ket­ter­man has sat on the bench in Dorch­ester County as mag­is­trate for the Cir­cuit Court. She be­gan her ca­reer in law in 1993 as a law clerk for Judge Wil­liam Horne in Tal­bot County, shortly af­ter grad­u­a­tion from the Univer­sity of Bal­ti­more School of Law.

Orig­i­nally from Bal­ti­more County, Ket­ter­man said she fell in love with the East­ern Shore dur­ing her time as an un­der­grad at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege.

“I have loved my time here, work­ing with Judge Wil­son and the staff here in Dorch­ester County,” Ket­ter­man said. “I’ve lived in Tal­bot County for 24 years, and I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing for the peo­ple of Tal­bot County. I hope that I can live up to what Judge Ad­kins has been able to do for all those years. I’m go­ing to do my best to be ef­fi­cient, fair, and con­sis­tent, judg­ing ev­ery case on its mer­its. I’m ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity.”

In par­tic­u­lar, help­ing chil­dren and familes and re­solv­ing

con­flict in those sit­u­a­tions has been a pas­sion of hers through­out her ca­reer.

“I’ve al­ways been drawn to crim­i­nal law and fam­ily con­flict,” Ket­ter­man said. “I did a lot of child wel­fare cases, and worked with kids in CINA (Chil­dren in Need of As­sis­tance) cases for a long time. Dur­ing the time I was an at­tor­ney, I helped cre­ate the Chil­dren’s Ad­vo­cacy Cen­ter in Tal­bot County.”

Ket­ter­man said her fam­ily was very sup­port­ive through­out the months-long process of in­ter­views and pre­sen­ta­tions with var­i­ous Bar As­so­ci­a­tions and ul­ti­mately Gov. Ho­gan. She had only good things to say about the se­lec­tion process, and noted that she holds a lot of re­spect for the two other in­di­vid­u­als who were con­sid­ered.


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