On April 2, 2017 the Maryland Carey Law community was saddened to learn of the death of The Hon. Howard S. Chasanow ’61.
“Howard was an amazing contributor to the legal profession, the State, and the law school,” said Dean Donald B. Tobin. Chasanow taught criminal procedure and evidence at Maryland Carey Law as adjunct faculty, and was an active alumnus who had recently become a member of the school’s Board of Visitors. “He loved Maryland and we loved him. He will be sorely missed.”
Chasanow’s legal career spanned several decades, serving as assistant and deputy state’s attorney for Prince George’s County in the late ‘60s, then joining Maryland’s Judiciary where he worked for nearly thirty years before retiring as a judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals in 1999. He was also the chair of the State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy from 2007-2011, and became a mediator with the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS) in 2011.
Chasanow received his J.D. from Maryland Carey Law in 1961 with honors, and his LL.M. from Harvard in 1962. He also served in Korea and Japan as a member of the U.S. Air Force.
Upon his retirement from the bench, Maryland Carey Law’s Maryland Law Review did a tribute to Chasanow’s career, where Professor Emeritus of Judicial Process William L. Reynolds recalled “Howard's judicial career, marked by wisdom, dignity, and common sense, has earned him great respect throughout Maryland; but it is possible that he has won more praise for his friendship, sincerity, and humor.”
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in honor of The Hon. Howard Chasanow '61. To do so, please click here and write "Howard Chasanow" in the "Additional Instructions About My Donation" box. If you need further assistance, please contact Andrew Altshuler at firstname.lastname@example.org or (410) 706-6832.