Dorchester court magistrate appointed as Talbot County District Court judge
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.