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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, 2014 and 2018.

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 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.

Appointments by Governors

2019

Scott was appointed to the Juvenile Justice Reform Council.  This Council is charged with:

  • Using data to develop a statewide framework of policies to invest in strategies to increase public safety and reduce recidivism of youth offenders.
  • Researching best practices for the treatment of juveniles.
  • Identifying and making commendations to limit risk factors that contribute to juvenile contact with the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Scott was appointed to the Task Force to Study Crime Classification and Penalties. The task force is to study and make recommendations on issues related to the classifications of and penalties for criminal and civil violations in the State.

2017

Governor Hogan appointed Scott to the Maryland Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Policy and Funding Committee. The Committee is responsible for developing and disseminating best practices and recommendations regarding SAEK testing, retention, availability and funding; stakeholder coordination; the shortage of forensic nurses; and victim notification.

Scott became a member of the Task Force to Study Erroneous Convictions and Imprisonment. He was the Chair of the Task Force.

2015

Maryland's highest court, the Court of Appeals, appointed Scott 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.

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.

2013

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.

2012

Governor O'Malley appointed Scott to a Task Force to Study the Laws and Policies of the Public Defender.

Governor O'Malley appointed Scott to the Governor's Commission to Reform Maryland's Pretrial System.

 

 
Revised November 12, 2019         

 

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