Scott D. Shellenberger Biography
Scott D. Shellenberger fulfilled a lifelong dream when he was elected State’s Attorney for Baltimore County in 2006. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2014.
Mr. Shellenberger began his legal career in the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office working as a law clerk while attending law school. Upon being admitted to the Bar in 1985, Mr. Shellenberger began working as a prosecutor where he quickly gained a reputation as an aggressive and tireless advocate for victims of crime.
A highly skilled and effective litigator, Mr. Shellenberger quickly moved through the ranks in the State’s Attorney’s Office. In addition to trying serious and complex cases, Mr. Shellenberger served as supervisor of the Felony Screening, Career Criminal and Automobile Manslaughter Units. As Chief of the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Division, Mr. Shellenberger protected the most vulnerable members of our community.
Since his election in 2006, Mr. Shellenberger has been an effective advocate for crime victims not only in Baltimore County, but also across the State. He was instrumental in the passage of an expanded DNA law, which will give law enforcement agencies the opportunity to prevent violent crime. Since the passage of this important law, Mr. Shellenberger has traveled across the State training law enforcement agencies on the implementation of the law.
Mr. Shellenberger was appointed by Governor O’Malley to the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment where he consistently advocated for the retention of the death penalty as a tool in the fight against violent crime. The Commission ultimately voted to recommend a repeal of the death penalty. Mr. Shellenberger authored the Commission’s Minority Report (PDF).
Mr. Shellenberger was born and raised in Baltimore County. He is a graduate of Loch Raven High School, Loyola College and the University of Baltimore School of Law. He resides with his wife and daughters in the same Baltimore County neighborhood where he grew up.
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