Judge Peter B. Krauser

Judge Peter B. Krauser

Judge Peter B. Krauser
Judge Peter B. Krauser

Judge Peter B. Krauser

Senior Judge
Court of Special Appeals of Maryland

Peter B. Krauser said he made the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland more efficient during his almost-10-year tenure as chief judge by improving the effective resolution of cases before the court and the working environment of its judges and staff.

“I created one of the most successful appellate mediation programs in the country, advocating for and helping to secure the first enlargement of the court in more than 35 years with two additional judges,” said Krauser, who retired as chief judge in May 2017. “I created a senior law clerk position for each judge, doubled the number of staff attorneys, provided daylong training for staff attorneys and judicial law clerks, and created and published a manual for self-represented litigants.”

Judge Patrick L. Woodward, who succeeded Krauser as chief judge, said Judge Krauser conceived, planned and implemented the mediation program for the court, called the Alternative Dispute Resolution Division, which has been a great success. During the past six years plus, it has handled more than 1,200 cases, with a 63 to 66 percent settlement rate, ranking it third in the nation among similar programs.

Judge Krauser’s work will leave a positive impact on Maryland’s legal community for many years to come, said Judge Andrea M. Leahy of the Court of Special Appeals. “The state of Maryland and its legal community have been privileged to have him as chief judge and now sitting in senior status. He is passionate about the court and committed to ensuring its continued success.”

Krauser has also dedicated significant time and energy to political and social issues critical to the welfare of the people in his community, he said. He chaired the winning campaign of Alexander Williams Jr., who became the first African-American elected to a countywide position in the state in 1986 – the Office of State’s Attorney in Prince George’s County.

In addition, he was the vice-chair and chair of the Maryland Democratic Party from 1995 to 2000, and served on and chaired several task forces and commissions affiliated with Prince George’s County government from 1982 to 1992, including the Health Services Task Force, the Parking Authority and the Government Operations Commission.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2018 Leadership in Law awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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