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Our Sitting Judges of Prince George’s County

JUDGE WYTONJA CURRY

Judge Wytonja Curry is a life-long Maryland resident, having relocated to the area with her family from Alabama as an infant. She attended Maryland public schools and is the daughter of teachers who emphasized the importance of education, extracurricular activities and community service. After high school, she attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County on a track and field scholarship. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree Political Science before obtaining her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Baltimore where she served as an editor of the Law Forum.

Judge Curry passed the bar examination on her first attempt and was admitted to the Maryland bar in December 1998. She began her legal career as a judicial law clerk in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County.

Licensed to practice law in both Maryland and the District of Columbia, Judge Curry worked as a litigator for 20 years.  Judge Curry tried scores of trials to verdict in front of juries and more than 300 trials before judges throughout the state and federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia. In fact, she tried cases in 17 of the 24 jurisdictions in the state of Maryland.

Judge Curry tried scores of trials to verdict in front of juries and more than 300 trials before judges throughout the state and federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

In November 2018, Judge Curry was the first person appointed to the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County directly from a position as house counsel. Her judicial application, approved by a fourteen-member Judicial Nomination Commission, was supported with letters of recommendation from judges she had tried cases in front of, colleagues, lawyers she had tried cases against and members of the community.

Judge Curry is a member of the Prince George’s County Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges and the Maryland State Bar Association. She attends community events regularly including expungement seminars and has served as a judge for the high school mock trial competition and Teen Court. She is a sustaining contributor to several local charities.

Judge Curry has been married for more than twenty years. She and her husband have twin sons and a daughter, who enjoy playing with their new puppy. She is active in each of her children’s schools, all of which are located in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

JUDGE CATHY SERRETTE

Judge Cathy Hollenberg Serrette has more than fifteen years of experience as an associate judge in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, including eight years as the Family Division Coordinating Judge.  Before being appointed as a judge, she served as a Family Magistrate in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County.

Judge Serrette is deeply committed to ensuring justice for all and works diligently with organizations devoted to this goal at the national, statewide, and local level.

Judge Serrette is deeply committed to ensuring justice for all and works diligently with organizations devoted to this goal at the national, statewide, and local level. In Prince George’s County, Judge Serrette heads the county’s Model Court, focusing on systemic improvements for abused and neglected children in the court system, and co-chairs the Bridge from Y.E.S. Committee, established to create a housing complex and wrap-around service center for youth aging out of the foster care system. Judge Serrette also served as chair of the Task Force to Establish the Prince George’s County Family Justice Center for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and elder abuse.

Judge Serrette is a member of the Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, a Commissioner on Maryland’s Access to Justice Commission, and a vice-chair of the Maryland Judicial Conference Domestic Law Committee, where she co-chairs the Special Status Workgroup. Judge Serrette also served as the Maryland chapter president of the National Association of Women Judges, where she is a co-chair of the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Committee, and a steering committee member of the annual Maryland Correctional Institution for Women Re-entry Conference, which she co-founded in 2008.

Judge Serrette is an active member of the bar and has served in many elected leadership positions including board member of the Prince George’s County Bar Association, and president of the Prince George’s County chapter of the Maryland Women’s Bar Association. Judge Serrette frequently serves as faculty for the Maryland Judicial College, and for bar associations and judiciaries locally, nationally, and internationally.  She is on the editorial board of Family Court Review, and has authored several legal articles on family law and juvenile justice.

Throughout her career, Judge Serrette has been the recipient of numerous awards for her expertise, commitment to justice, and service to the community. These accolades include the Prince George’s County Human Trafficking Task Force Leadership Award (2018), the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services’ Innovative Partner Award (2015), and the ACLU, Prince George’s County Chapter’s Advocate of Justice Award (2004). Judge Serrette was also the recipient of the Maryland’s Women’s Law Center Rosalyn Bell Award (2014), and the National Association of Women Judges’ Edna G. Parker Award (2013).  In 2012, The Daily Record named Judge Serrette one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.

Judge Serrette received a Bachelor’s of Science degree, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh, a J.D. from George Washington University, and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from American University.

JUDGE SHARON KELSEY

Judge ShaRon M. Grayson Kelsey, was appointed as an Associate Judge on the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland in January 2019. Prior to her appointment, Judge Kelsey was an attorney at her own small firm in Bowie, Maryland where she practiced a wide variety of civil law including bankruptcy, personal injury, workers compensation, and creditor rights law as she represented homeowners associations with respect to delinquent accounts.  In addition, Judge Kelsey was regularly appointed to serve as a trustee, guardian, and counsel to active veterans in foreclosure cases and as a representative in estate matters. Her commitment to justice motivated her to work regularly with county agencies where she served as sole counsel to the Calvert County Department of Social Services with respect to Children in Need of Assistance matters; the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services as sole counsel in the Child Abuse and Neglect Appeals Division; as a Hearing Examiner for the Prince George’s County Public School System; and as a Commissioner on the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners (the Liquor Board).  She also served as treasurer to Delegate Erek Barron.

Judge Kelsey was regularly appointed to serve as a trustee, guardian, and counsel to active veterans in foreclosure cases and as a representative in estate matters.

With an impressive display of legal breadth and knowledge, Judge Kelsey practiced law before Maryland state and federal courts and administrative bodies, as well as in federal courts in the District of Columbia.  Judge Kelsey is also admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court.  Judge Kelsey invests in her community through her volunteer work at the Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center, through a variety of church pro bono events, as an annual mentor through the Maryland Court of Appeals, and through various events and services as a member of several bar associations.  In addition to her legal background of more than 25 years, Judge Kelsey was also a licensed Maryland Real Estate Broker and owner and operator of Kelsey Realty, Inc.

Judge Kelsey has been a member of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, where she served for ten years as a board member, including four years as treasurer and thereafter president-elect and president; The Prince George’s County Women’s Bar as treasurer, secretary, and Vice President; and as a member of The Maryland State Bar, The Prince George’s County Bar, The National Bar, Monumental Bar, and the Alliance of Black Women’s Bar Associations.  Currently, she is also a member of the Harry A. Cole Judicial Council, the National Association Of Women Judges, and The Maryland Circuit Judges Association.  She has been the recipient of various President’s and excellence awards.

Judge Kelsey graduated from Montgomery Blair High School – ‘79, Montgomery College Takoma Park – ‘86, the University of Maryland University College (magma cum laude) – ‘88, and received her Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center – ‘92.  She serves on the teller ministry at her church and currently lives in Bowie, MD with her husband and two daughters.

JUDGE JARED MCCARTHY

Judge McCarthy is a resident of Prince George’s County, living in Upper Marlboro on a small horse farm with his partner Anna, a retired police officer.  Judge McCarthy has spent all but one year of his legal career working in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and has been a public servant in the County since 2007.  His last position before appointment as a circuit court judge was as County Attorney to County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, and County Executive Angela Alsobrooks.  

Judge McCarthy has spent all but one year of his legal career working in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and has been a public servant in the County since 2007.

Born in Derby, Connecticut, Judge McCarthy relocated to Fallston, Maryland with his parents in October 1985.  He attended Fallston High School, and upon graduation entered Salisbury State University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts as a History major.  Judge McCarthy graduated cum laude and was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. After completing his undergraduate studies, he was admitted to the University of Baltimore School of Law.  Judge McCarthy graduated cum laude in May 2001, and clerked for the Honorable Dennis M. Sweeney, associate judge of the Circuit Court for Howard County.  He credits Judge Sweeney with instilling a love of the legal profession and for his desire to serve as a judge.

Since August of 2002, Judge McCarthy has worked as an attorney in Prince George’s County, Maryland, first in private practice as a trial attorney with Bacon, Thornton & Palmer, and then moving in July 2007 to the General Counsel’s Office of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.  There he served as a trial attorney representing the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Prince George’s County Planning Department, the Montgomery County Department of Parks and the Montgomery County Planning Department.  Judge McCarthy ultimately rose to Chief of the Litigation and Employment Law unit, supervising several attorneys and reporting directly to the General Counsel and Commission leadership.

In December 2012, Judge McCarthy was recruited to join the Baker Administration by then Prince George’s County Attorney M. Andree Green.  Hired as the Deputy County Attorney of Government Operations, he oversaw code enforcement operations, the police discipline function, and various special projects, including the Piscataway Road landslide, the closure of the Lynn Hill Condominiums, and litigation against County adult entertainment businesses.

In February 2017, Judge McCarthy was appointed by County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, to the position of Acting County Attorney after the prior County Attorney resigned to accept the County Planning Director position.  He was confirmed as the Prince George’s County Attorney by the unanimous vote of the County Council in June 2017.  Judge McCarthy had the privilege and pleasure of serving County Executive Baker for the remainder of his term, and oversaw projects including the County’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors, and the County joining in partnership with the NAACP to sue the Census Bureau over preparations for the 2020 census.

 On November 20, 2018, Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr., announced Judge McCarthy’s appointment to the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County.  Around the same time, Judge McCarthy was privileged and honored to be asked by the Alsobrooks Administration to remain in place as County Attorney until the end of 2018 to assist with the transition from the Baker Administration to the Alsobrooks Administration.  Judge McCarthy gladly delayed his appointment to serve with County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, and concluded his last day as County Attorney on December 31, 2018.  

On January 11, 2019, Judge McCarthy was sworn in as an Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland.