PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT


NICHOLAS E. RATTAL, Associate Judge, Prince George's County Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit, since December 20, 2007. Presiding Judge, Adult Drug Court, 2010-. Chair, Problem-Solving Courts Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 2014 (member, 2011-14). Chair, Specialty Courts and Dockets Committee, Judicial Council, 2015- (chair, work group on legislation, 2015-).

Attorney, Office of Public Defender, District 5 (Prince George's County), 1987-2007 (law clerk, 1986-87; supervising attorney, felony trial division). Member, Council on Jury Use and Management, 1999-2000. Chair, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, Prince George's County, 2010-.

Born in Washington, DC, April 27, 1961. University of Maryland, B.A. (government & politics), summa cum laude, 1983; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1986. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1986. Member, Maryland State Bar Association, 1987-92, 2006- (board of governors, 2011-). President, Prince George's County Bar Association, 2009-11 (member, 1987-; board of directors, 2004-; secretary, 2007-08; treasurer, 2008-09; maryland state bar association liaison, 2011-; chair, nominations & elections committee, 2011-; past co-chair, criminal law committee). Volunteer mock trial coach, Elizabeth Seton High School, 1996-2005. Board of Directors, Community Legal Services of Prince George's County, Inc., 2007-08. Assistant Public Defender of the Year, Prince George's County, 1994. William W. Cahill Award, Office of Public Defender, 2004. President's Award, Prince George's County Bar Association, 2007.

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