Baltimore County, Maryland
Scott Shellenberger, state’s attorney for Baltimore County, Maryland, was born and raised in Baltimore County. His father was a small business owner, and his mother was a stay-at-home mom until tough economic times required her to work in a jewelry store. Shellenberger is a graduate of Loch Raven High School, Loyola College and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Scott put himself through college working at K-Mart before he landed a job as a law clerk in the State’s Attorney’s Office after his first year of law school. From there, he worked full time as a law clerk while going to law school in the evening. He fulfilled a lifelong dream when elected state’s attorney for Baltimore County in 2006 and was reelected in 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022. Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, appointed Scott to two three-year terms on the Rules Committee, which makes recommendations to the Court of Appeals on which rules of the court should be amended or added.
While serving as state’s attorney for Baltimore County, Shellenberger has participated actively in various policy organizations including the Baltimore County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association and the Baltimore County Bar Association. Additionally, he has served as a member of a legislative task force on facial recognition to review and make recommendations to set guardrails for the use of the technology in the state. He also served as a member of the Genetic Genealogy Work Group, an initiative that resulted in the first in the nation law regulating how law enforcement can search consumer genealogical databases in connection with a criminal investigation in a fair and equitable way. He has also served as a member of the Baltimore County Work Group on Equitable Policing, the Juvenile Justice Reform Council, the Task Force to study Crime Classification and Penalties, the Maryland Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Policy and Funding Committee, the Task Force to study Erroneous Convictions and Imprisonment, the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board, the Governor’s Council on Gangs and Violent Criminal Networks the Maryland Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council, the Governor’s Commission to Reform Maryland’s Pretrial System and the Task Force to Study the Laws and Policies of the Public Defender, and the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council for Baltimore County.
Day 2 Keynote: Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger