Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Paul R. Kramer has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of criminal law.
From a young age, Mr. Kramer became involved in his profession because he always wanted to defend and to prosecute cases and be an active trial attorney. He pursued an education at the American University in Washington D.C., earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1959 in American History and studied Chinese History and Philosophy. He received a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1961 from the American University Washington College of Law. He served in the United States U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and received an Honorable Discharge in 1962. He has been admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Fourth, Sixth, Ninth and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals. He is also admitted before the Federal District Court of Maryland and D.C. and the Court of Appeals of Maryland.
While at the American University Washington College of Law, he worked as a law clerk at the Law Offices of Covington & Burling, in Washington, D.C., from 1959 to 1962. The following year he became a staff attorney at what later became the first Federal Public Defender’s Office in the country before becoming an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland from 1963 to 1969. Mr. Kramer was appointed the Deputy U.S. Attorney/First Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1969 and served in that capacity until 1983. He left in 1983 to enter private practice concentrating in State and Federal criminal law. He received the Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating, and also assisted in rating other attorneys in the area for Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating. In 1973, as President of the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Chapter received the National Best Chapter Award. In addition, he served as Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the National Federal Bar Association, served for 32 years as the Fourth Circuit Vice-President, and served 2 terms as Chairman of all the (22) National Circuits Vice Presidents of the Federal Bar Association throughout the Country. He also served on the National Council of the Federal Bar Association and spoke and ran programs at over 10 National Federal Bar meetings. He was elected President of the Baltimore City Bar Foundation and was Chairman of the Criminal Law and Federal Practice Committees. He has served on the Judicial Selection Committee for over 20 years. Mr. Kramer further was President of the Barrister’s Club, an organization of lawyers and judges by invitation only. In 1970, while an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he was recommended by the Maryland Federal Court to become a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. He has lectured and taught at a number of colleges and universities. Mr. Kramer has been honored by both the Federal Bar Association and the Baltimore City Bar Association for his distinguished service to the legal profession. He has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the Government, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the World. He has also been honored by Martindale Hubbell for over 30 with an AV Rating, which is their highest rating for an attorney. He continues to be active in the Bar Associations and in the practice of law.
Mr. Kramer has also been active outside the field of law. He served as President of the Golden Eagle Square Encompass Club, a Masonic organization that raised money to give to charity. He was Master of his Masonic Lodge and a 32 Degree Mason. As a volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America, he serves on the Northeast Region Advisory Board and was on the Baltimore Area Council’s Executive Board (for 15 years) and now on the Baltimore Council’s Advisory Board. He also serves in leadership positions on Local, Regional and National Committees of the Boy Scouts.
He has been honored by the Boy Scouts of America with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award by the local council in Baltimore. Mr. Kramer has also been awarded the Silver Antelope Award, the highest Regional award by the Northeast Region of the Boy Scouts and awarded the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award by the Boy Scouts for his service in the legal profession. He holds many Scouting Awards for his service to Scouting including the William T. Hornaday Gold Medal for Distinguished Service to conservation and the Shofer Award given by the National Jewish Committee for Distinguished Service to Jewish Scouting. He served on the Staff of 10 National and 11 International Scout Jamborees.
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