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.
Appointments by Governors
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). Maryland lawmakers abolished the Death Penalty in 2013.
In 2012 Governor O'Malley appointed Scott to a Task Force to Study the Laws and Policies of the Public Defender.
In 2012 Governor O'Malley appointed Scott to the Governor's Commission to Reform Maryland's Pretrial System.
Maryland's highest court, the Court of Appeals, appointed Scott in 2015 to a three-year term on the Rules Committee. This Committee makes recommendations to the Court of Appeals on which Rules of the Court should be amended or added.
In 2015 Governor Hogan appointed Scott to the Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council. That Council made recommendations to change Maryland's Criminal Justice System that were later passed into law.
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.