Karen Friedman, a judge on the Baltimore City Circuit Court’s 8th Judicial Circuit, has been appointed by President Joe Biden to serve as director of criminal justice innovation, development and engagement at the Department of Justice, Jewish Insider has learned.
Friedman, who also goes by the Hebrew name Chaya, was the first female Orthodox Jewish judge in Maryland. She has served on the circuit court since 2014 and will step down from the bench at the end of this year. Friedman was previously a district court judge in Baltimore, and before that served as a judge on the city’s Orphans’ Court.
Friedman will start in the newly created position, which is housed in the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, on Jan. 3, 2022.
Friedman’s volunteer work off the bench involves a mix of legal activities and Jewish commitments, including board positions on the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Associated and the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel, a leadership development program started by the former longtime Baltimore-area congressman. She has also been active on domestic violence issues, and is the founder and co-chair of the Domestic Violence Interfaith Initiative.… Read More: Jewish Insider