Editor Bio: Karen Federman Henry

Karen Federman Henry has practiced law since 1985, and has handled appellate work throughout her career. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and received a juris doctor from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law. During law school, she served as a notes and comments editor on the Maryland Law Review. The nature of her practice has covered trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts, transaction work, administrative hearings, legislative drafting, and preparing advisory opinions. Her court admissions include the Maryland Court of Appeals; District of Columbia Court of Appeals; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for Maryland; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ms. Federman Henry started her legal career with an internship for the Hon. Rita C. Davidson on the Court of Appeals of Maryland and a judicial clerkship for the Hon. Rosalyn B. Bell on the Court of Special Appeals. After two years of private practice with a small law firm, Ms. Federman Henry joined the Office of the County Attorney for Montgomery County, Md., where she remained for more than 28 years. During that time, she handled an array of issues that face local governments, including personnel and civil-rights litigation, land use and zoning, public-information requests, fair-housing analysis, finance, tax, and procurement. For 10 years, Ms. Federman Henry served as the principal counsel for appeals, handling and overseeing all appellate matters in the Office. In October 2015, she retired from the County after serving for nine years as the chief of the Division of Finance and Procurement.After taking a few months’ break, she joined the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland in August of 2016, and advised the Public Access Ombudsman and the Public Information Compliance Board until December 2017.  In January 2018, she joined the Baltimore law firm of Funk & Bolton, P.A., as of counsel and works with the local government portion of their practice advising several municipalities in Maryland.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Federman Henry has participated in organizations that cultivate civility and professionalism among members of the bar, including the Maryland State Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, Montgomery County Inn of Court, and Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court. She served on the Court of Appeals Commission on Professionalism (the predecessor to the Maryland Professionalism Center) from 2004 to 2009. Ms. Federman Henry received the 2012 J. Joseph Curran Public Service Award from the Maryland Bar Foundation for serving the public good and furthering the goals of better government and societal standards.

Her publications include articles for the Maryland State Bar Association Litigation Section’s The Maryland Litigator (“Change Is Good, But Don’t Let It Catch You By Surprise!” February 2012 (discussing changes to Md. Rule 3-306), and “Trust No One—Redact or Seal Private Information,” September 2011, (discussing requirements of the Maryland Rules and public access to court documents)) and Hauch v. Connor — Beginning a Transition in Maryland Conflict of Laws Doctrine?, 43 Md.L.Rev. 204 (1984).

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  1. Welcoming new editor Karen Federman Henry | Maryland Appellate Blog - March 30, 2014
  2. Government Practice—A Different Perspective | Maryland Appellate Blog - March 31, 2014
  3. Affirmative Action—Past, Present, and Future | Maryland Appellate Blog - May 20, 2014
  4. Why Aren’t Briefs Actually Brief? | Maryland Appellate Blog - July 29, 2014
  5. Let Freedom Ring… By Respecting Religion | Maryland Appellate Blog - September 9, 2014
  6. Are Attorneys Becoming Extinct? | Maryland Appellate Blog - November 10, 2014
  7. Final Judgments — An Ongoing Dilemma | Maryland Appellate Blog - April 9, 2015
  8. A Possible Shift in Establishing a Hostile Work Environment | Maryland Appellate Blog - June 19, 2015
  9. Prepare for Some Changes to the Maryland Appellate Rules | Maryland Appellate Blog - November 5, 2015
  10. Welcoming 2016—or is it really 1984? | Maryland Appellate Blog - January 15, 2016
  11. Preservation Overrides the First Amendment | Maryland Appellate Blog - February 16, 2016
  12. Do not overestimate the exceptions to the exhaustion of administrative remedies | Maryland Appellate Blog - May 12, 2016
  13. New Employee Classification in the Fourth Circuit: Exotic Dancer | Maryland Appellate Blog - July 6, 2016
  14. “De Facto Parents”: Maryland Joins the Trend | Maryland Appellate Blog - July 22, 2016
  15. Remembering a Mentor | Maryland Appellate Blog - November 3, 2016
  16. The Final Judgement Rule: It ain’t over ’til it’s over | Maryland Appellate Blog - May 23, 2017
  17. The Janus decision should not be a surprise | Maryland Appellate Blog - September 10, 2018
  18. Identifying Public Records | Maryland Appellate Blog - September 24, 2018

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