Hon. Kathryn Grill Graeff
Court of Special Appeals of Maryland
As a judge for the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, Kathryn Grill Graeff hears a variety of cases including murder, family law and business disputes.
“It really is an amazing job and I look forward to the challenge it presents every day,” she said.
From a very young age, Graeff knew she wanted to be a lawyer.
“I just loved the idea of solving problems and helping people,” she said.
A graduate from the University of Maryland Francis King CareySchool of Law, she worked as an associate with Smith, Somerville and Case for four years as an associate before joining the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland in 1990. Over the next 18 years, she would rise from assistant attorney general to the chief of the criminal appeals division before her judicial appointment in 2008.
“It’s been an honor to serve the state of Maryland as both an advocate and a judge,” she said. “I enjoy participating in rulings that have relevance both to the parties and to the development of the law. I understand the responsibility of my job and I give my very best to every case reported or unreported.
Graeff has served on the Maryland Professional Center’s Board of Directors since 2012. She got involved with the center because they promote professionalism and stability in the law. She is also is a member of the Maryland Judicial Council’s education committee and has been in charge of training all the new law clerks and staff attorneys for the Court of Special Appeals.
Since Graeff has learned so much from others, one way she gives back is by helping to develop and give lectures in educational programs for judges and lawyers.
“The law is such an interesting topic and there are so many interesting issues that are presented every day,” she said. “I enjoy talking about the legal profession with others. I particularly enjoy educational programs for young people. Their enthusiasm is very contagious.”