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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

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 Ct.1980. Police officer Metropolitan Police, Washington, 1968-1972, patrol sergeant, 1972-1975. Assistant United State Attorneys United States Attorney' General’ s Office, Washington, 1975-1990, deputy executive assistant United State Attorneys, 1979-1981, senior assistant United State Attorneys appellate division, 1983-1986, deputy chief appellate division, 1987-1988, training director, 1989-1990;special counsel United States Sentencing Commission, 1986-1987.

Associate judge Superior Court, Washington, 1990^, trial judge in family division 1990, 91, 96, 99, Criminal division, 1992-1993, 96-98, Civil division, 1994-1995. Member juvenile justice advising committee District of Columbia Government, 1979-1981.

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.