Katie O’Malley, first lady of Maryland, has a long history of public service. She began her career in law in 1988 as a clerk in the Baltimore County state’s attorney’s office while attending law school at the University of Baltimore. After graduating, she was promoted to an assistant state’s attorney position for Baltimore County, where she handled many domestic violence cases and child, sexual and physical abuse cases. Judge O’Malley was appointed to the bench in 2001 and currently serves as an associate judge of the District Court of Baltimore City.
The first lady has been a strong advocate for the rights of victims and has served in the fight to end domestic violence, participating in several House of Ruth functions and giving lectures both locally and overseas. She also is passionate about ending bullying in schools and partnered with Facebook and Time Warner in 2011 to promote National Bullying Prevention Month. She continues to visit public and private schools, colleges and universities and organizations in Maryland to raise awareness and advocate for the prevention of domestic violence and bullying.
Judge O’Malley has served on the executive committee of the Women’s Bar, House of Ruth, the Caroline Center and the Baltimore Zoo. Currently, she is a member of the Baltimore City Bar Association, a volunteer truancy court judge and a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland.
The first lady and her husband, Governor Martin O’Malley, have four children: Grace, Tara, William and Jack.