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Mary Ellen Benson Abrecht

Mary Ellen Benson Abrecht, American lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia 1975, United States District Court District of Columbia 1975, United States Court Appeals District of Columbia Circuit 1975, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1980. Recipient Special Achievement award Department Justice, 1980, 84.

Background

  • Abrecht, Mary Ellen Benson was born on December 18, 1945 in Granby, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Donald Dean and Mary Ellen (Ballard) Benson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Mount Holyoke College, 1967. Postgraduate, Union Theological Seminary, 1968. Certified in administration of justice, American University, Washington, 1970.

      Juris Doctor, Georgetown University, 1974.

    Career

    • Police officer Metropolitan Police, Washington, 1968-1972, patrol sergeant, 1972-1975. Assistant United States attorney United States Attorney' General’ s Office, 1975-1990, deputy executive assistant United States attorney, 1979-1981, senior assistant United States Attorney appellate division, 1983-1986. Special counsel United States Sentencing Commission, 1986-1987.

      Deputy chief appellate division United States Attorney' General’ s Office, 1987-1988, training director, 1989-1990. Associate judge Superior Court, 1990—2003, trial judge in family division, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999—2001, trial judge in criminal division, 1992-1993, 96-98, trial judge in civil division, 1994-1995, 2002, senior judge, since 2003. Member juvenile justice advisory committee District of Columbia Government, 1979-1981.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia 1975, United States District Court District of Columbia 1975, United States Court Appeals District of Columbia Circuit 1975, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1980.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Episcopalian

    Membership

    Vice chairman Rights of Children Forum, White House Conference on Children, Washington,1970. Member community advisory board directors Project on Child Sexual Abuse, Children's Hospital, Washington, 1978-1979. Member Council Court Excellence (board member since 2002), Bryant Inn of America Inns of Court (president 1997-1999).

    Connections

    • Married Gary Lorne Abrecht, September 7, 1968. Children: Karen Elizabeth, Rachel Benson.
    • father: Donald Dean Benson
    • mother: Mary Ellen (Ballard) Benson
    • spouse: Gary Lorne Abrecht
    • children: Karen Elizabeth Abrecht
    • Rachel Benson Abrecht
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    Born December 18, 1945
    (age 71)
    Nationality

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