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The Honorable DeLawrence Beard

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Circuit Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Spicy Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mazatlan, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/26/1937
Birth Location:
Okolona, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Circuit Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Spicy Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mazatlan, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/26/1937
Birth Location:
Okolona
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Biography

The Honorable DeLawrence Beard was born in Okolona, Arkansas, on December 26, 1937. Graduating from high school in 1956, Beard joined the Navy, and served until 1959, when he was honorably discharged. He then enrolled in the University of Missouri, where he received a B.A. in political science in 1964. Beard began law school at Missouri in 1964, but withdrew a year later. He would later go on to enter the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1967, earning a J.D. in 1970. In 1977, Beard graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center with an LL.M.

After earning his B.A., Beard joined IBM Corporation in Washington, D.C., where he was a senior marketing representative. Even after earning his law degree, Beard stayed on with IBM, finally going on to practice law in 1974. That year, he began as a prosecutor, first in juvenile court, and the next year, moving to felony cases. By 1978, Beard had moved to the position of senior assistant state's attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland, supervising a team of attorneys and prosecuting serious offenses. Continuing his climb, Beard became a judge in the District Court for Montgomery County in 1982, and in 1984 became an associate judge to the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Maryland, which is also the appellate court. In 1996, Beard advanced to the position of chief judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, where he remains today.

Beard is also currently an adjunct professor of law at both the University of Maryland and American University in Washington, D.C. He has lectured to incarcerated individuals, giving them advice on life skills. Beard is a member of several Bar Associations and has received a Governor's Citation in 1998 for meritorious service to the state of Maryland.

Beard is married to Lillian, a pediatrician.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of DeLawrence Beard's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - DeLawrence Beard lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - DeLawrence Beard describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - DeLawrence Beard describes the town of Okolona, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - DeLawrence Beard describes why his family left Okolona, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - DeLawrence Beard describes what he knows about his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - DeLawrence Beard describes his father's background and occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - DeLawrence Beard describes his father's interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - DeLawrence Beard describes his mother's family and her personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - DeLawrence Beard describes his exposure to arts and culture in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - DeLawrence Beard describes how his parents met and why they moved to St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - DeLawrence Beard describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - DeLawrence Beard describes the segregated communities in St. Louis, Missouri in the 1940s and 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - DeLawrence Beard describes the segregated school system in St. Louis, Missouri and hearing of the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - DeLawrence Beard describes attending Cole Elementary School and Cote Brilliante Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - DeLawrence Beard describes his experience at Charles H. Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - DeLawrence Beard describes being motivated by Jackie Robinson and by his teachers at Charles H. Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - DeLawrence Beard describes being informed and inspired by the black press and his teachers at Charles H. Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - DeLawrence Beard explains his intentions after graduating from high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - DeLawrence Beard describes his interest in sports and music at Charles H. Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - DeLawrence Beard reflects on how his childhood neighborhood has changed
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - DeLawrence Beard describes his plans for the future during high school and his employment after graduating in January 1956
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - DeLawrence Beard describes enlisting in the United States Navy after graduating from high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - DeLawrence Beard describes being transported to the Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA-42 aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - DeLawrence Beard describes being transported to the Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA-42 aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - DeLawrence Beard describes his experiences on the Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA-42 aircraft carrier and his decision to attend college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - DeLawrence Beard describes enrolling and working part-time jobs at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - DeLawrence Beard discusses his understanding of politics while at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - DeLawrence Beard describes being hired by the Internal Revenue Service in 1964
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - DeLawrence Beard talks about moving to Washington, D.C. and being hired by IBM
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - DeLawrence Beard describes marrying HistoryMaker Dr. Lillian M. Beard and re-attending law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - DeLawrence Beard talks about his awareness of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - DeLawrence Beard recalls the civil rights progress he witnessed in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - DeLawrence Beard explains why he became a lawyer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - DeLawrence Beard reflects upon how his marriage and changing cultural attitudes about race motivated him through law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - DeLawrence Beard describes his experience at the Georgetown University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - DeLawrence Beard describes the positions he held in the Maryland legal system, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - DeLawrence Beard describes the positions he held in the Maryland legal system, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - DeLawrence Beard describes the law courses he taught
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - DeLawrence Beard describes his judicial philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - DeLawrence Beard describes the demographics of Montgomery County, Maryland and presiding over naturalization ceremonies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - DeLawrence Beard describes a case he presided over concerning spousal privilege
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - DeLawrence Beard describes a double murder case and a tenant-landlord case he presided over
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - DeLawrence Beard shares his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - DeLawrence Beard shares his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - DeLawrence Beard reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - DeLawrence Beard describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - DeLawrence Beard narrates his photographs