As the first African American and just the second woman appointed to the bench in Harford County, Angela Eaves served as an associate judge in the District Court of Maryland beginning in March 2000. In 2008, Judge Eaves was elevated to the Circuit Court and then selected in 2015 to assume the role of Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court for Harford County.
For two decades now, she has overseen numerous court proceedings, and is especially known for her role in settling challenging family law cases.
The daughter of a noncommissioned Army officer, Judge Eaves attended school in dozens of cities and absorbed an understanding of this nation’s cultural diversity. She has brought this unique perspective to her specialties in family law, child custody issues, legal rights for impoverished people and support for local affordable housing.
Some issues that challenge our community have changed over the years. In response, Judge Eaves has taken a leading role in re-organizing the manner in which cases proceed through both the Teen Court and the Drug Court and by developing case management plans that meet the needs of these unique populations. In addition, she helped grow the mediation services available in the Office of Family Court Services that help families peacefully sort out disputes. She has also supervised the renovations and expansion of the Harford County Courthouse, adding a seventh courtroom for jury trials and expanding the Jury Assembly space to allow greater access to jury trials.
Colleagues say that it is Judge Eaves’s superb listening skills make her a remarkable family law judge.
“When you are talking to Judge Eaves, you have her undivided attention,” says Laura Walker, who serves as a family law magistrate in the Harford County Circuit Court. “She is thoughtful and thought-filled, incredibly smart and is a judge who gives due consideration to each family’s matters.”