Judge Carol Ann Coderre has devoted her legal career exclusively to public service, including more than two decades in service to the citizens of Prince George’s County. In September 2021, Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. appointed Judge Coderre to the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. Judge Coderre was sworn as an Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, on October 8, 2021.
Born and raised in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, Judge Coderre initially came to Maryland as an undergraduate student at Goucher College in Towson, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree as a Political Science major. As a college student, Judge Coderre interned with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service in Baltimore and discovered her passion for public service in the legal field. Judge Coderre enrolled in law school at Boston University School of Law, graduating in 1996 and returning within two weeks to her new home state of Maryland.
While awaiting results of the Bar Examination, Judge Coderre worked as an administrative assistant at Girl Scouts of Central Maryland in Baltimore, an organization she credits with instilling in her the importance of service and integrity as a child. Judge Coderre’s first job as an attorney was as an Attorney Advocate for House of Ruth, Maryland, a non-profit domestic violence organization. Judge Coderre was the first House of Ruth Attorney Advocate working in partnership with the State’s Attorney’s Office in Baltimore with survivors of domestic violence, helping them navigate through the criminal justice system. When Judge Coderre learned the Office of the State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County was looking for a dedicated domestic violence prosecutor she applied and was immediately hired.
After focusing several years on misdemeanor domestic violence prosecutions, Judge Coderre moved into felony trial units. Over the next two decades, Judge Coderre focused on ensuring that investigations were conducted appropriately, cases were presented properly, and defendants were given fair trials. Moving into leadership as Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit, Chief of the Major Crimes Unit, and Acting Chief of the Homicide Unit, she was ultimately appointed to be a Deputy State’s Attorney by then-State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks.
When former State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks was elected County Executive, Judge Coderre was given the opportunity to continue to work closely with her as a Senior Associate County Attorney in the Prince George’s County Office of Law, where she represented Prince George’s County in civil litigation in both state and federal trial courts, as well as the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland
Judge Coderre is a member of the Prince George’s County Bar Association, where she has served on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. Judge Coderre regularly volunteers through Catholic Charities at several Prince George’s County locations helping to bring free and affordable meals to those in need. Leading up to the elections in November 2020, Judge Coderre volunteered as an election judge to fill the need created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Judge Coderre credits the two decades she spent as a litigator in the Circuit Court’s criminal and civil justice systems for giving her the opportunity to gain the breadth of knowledge and experience that qualified her for appointment to the Circuit Court bench. As a practicing attorney, Judge Coderre was known as a top-notch litigator with a reputation for professionalism and fairness. As a Circuit Court Judge, she is committed to continuing to serve the citizens of Prince George’s County by fairly and impartially applying the law and treating all parties and attorneys with courtesy and professionalism.