Judge Kathleen Cox was appointed to the Circuit Court for Baltimore County in January 1999. Since September, 2013, she has served as the Circuit Administrative Judge for the Third Judicial Circuit, which is comprised of Baltimore and Harford Counties. Judge Cox previously served as the head of the Juvenile Court in Baltimore County from 2002 through 2013. Judge Cox currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Conference of Circuit Judges, and she chairs the judiciary Domestic Law Committee. Judge Cox also presently serves on the Maryland Criminal Pattern Jury Instruction Committee, and she chaired the Bench Book Revision Oversight Committee, as well as the sub-committee that was instrumental in preparing the draft to the Family Law Benchbook. Judge Cox served as Vice Chair of the Maryland Problem Solving Court Committee from 2006 to 2010, and as Chair of the Drug Treatment Court Sub-Committee. Judge Cox chaired Baltimore County groups that implemented both a juvenile drug court program, and a family recovery court. She previously served as Vice-Chair of the ADR Committee, and is the Past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Committee on Gender Equality.
Judge Cox previously practiced law for 20 years with an active civil and criminal trial practice. She was a partner at Venable, Baetjer & Howard for 10 years and chaired that firm’s Towson Litigation practice. Prior to that, she was an associate at Cook, Howard, Downes & Tracy in Towson, and also served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. Judge Cox is a 1976 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and a 1979 graduate of that Law School, where she served as an editor of the law review. Judge Cox clerked for the Honorable James R. Miller, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.