Charles (“Chip”) Markell was born and raised in Baltimore where he graduated from Gilman School in 1959. He graduated from Princeton University in 1963, where he majored in History, and returned to Baltimore to attend the University of Maryland Law School. He worked for 2 1/2 years as a law clerk for the Chief Judge of the Federal District Court in Baltimore, while attending night school, and graduated in 1967. Now retired, he remains a member of the Maryland Bar Association and, until retirement, was a member of the American Bar Association.
Chip spent most of his professional career working in Washington, D.C. where he worked in both government and the private sector. He lived in Bethesda much of the time while working in Washington, and for a while resided in the Annapolis area. He and his wife Bonnie returned to live in Baltimore in 2004.
He worked for 18 years as an attorney in legislative affairs with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Office of Legislative Counsel (OLC), in part as Assistant Legislative Counsel and Senior Attorney. His work at the Department involved development of Departmental positions on legislation and policy issues affecting Interior, including preparing for hearings, preparing testimony and legislation. OLC was the office assigned responsibility as the Department’s legislative policy broker, working with the diverse Interior agencies (Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, US Geological Survey, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Minerals Management Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Territorial Affairs, and formerly including the Bureau of Mines), as well as with the White House, OMB, and other Administrative agencies, and with the Congress and Committee staffs, on issues affecting Interior.
In addition to his work at Interior, Chip also spent a number of years with a law firm in Washington, D.C., Lipsen, Hamberger, Whitten and Hamberger, where his work involved both Congressional relations and litigation on resource issues, including a major 6 year anti-trust/racketeering case involving the waste industry that resulted in a national federal grand jury investigation of the waste industry.
Chip is active on the Board of Friends of Fort McHenry which supports activities and fund raising for Fort McHenry and which helped promote the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 celebration from 2012 to 2014 in Baltimore with well over 3 million visitors. Chip is also on the Board of the Baltimore City Historic Society and the Wednesday Club, a men's speaker lunch club.
Chip is a member of the Maryland Historical Society, Walters Gallery, the BSO and BMA, the Chesapeake Bay Society, and various other non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Historic Society of Frederick County where he helps sponsor the annual John Markell Art contest, a contest named for an Frederick artist ancestor of the 1830's and '40s and directed to foster art among high school age youth.
Chip has been active in local community affairs wherever he has lived, in Montgomery County as President of his community citizens association, involving development, roads, schools and other issues affecting his community and involving work with the County Council and planning board. Chip was active in local citizens groups in Annapolis and was a member of Rotary. He was president of the for Roland Mews Condominium association at Cross Keys village, Baltimore, where he now lives, for 4 years.
Dr. Crenson is a political scientist who specializes in the study of urban politics and American political development. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he earned his high school diploma from the Baltimore City College and received his B.A. degree from the Johns Hopkins University. He continued his education at the University of Chicago as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Fellow of the National Opinion Research Center, earning a Ph.D. in political science in 1969. He has been a pre-doctoral fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1969, he joined the Department of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University, where he is now a professor emeritus. He also served as chair of the department from 1982 to 1983, 1988-1993, and again from 2003 to 2006. From 1984 to 1987, he was Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and in 1993-94, he was Acting Dean of the School. He has served three terms as Chair of the Faculty Assembly of the Homewood Schools, most recently in 1998-99. He has served as Secretary and President of the Maryland Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He was a member of the City Council President’s Commission on the City Council and a member of the Board of Governors of the Johns Hopkins Club, where he was chair of the House Committee. From 2005 to 2013 Dr. Crenson was Faculty Director of the Baltimore Scholars Program, which provides full-tuition scholarships to graduates of the Baltimore City public schools who qualify for admission to Johns Hopkins. In 2012, he received the Johns Hopkins University’s Heritage Award for Exceptional Devotion. He serves as co-chair of the University's Task Force on Civic Engagement, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore City Historical Society.
Professor Crenson is the author or co-author of seven books. The most recent is Presidential Power: Unchecked and Unbalanced (with Benjamin Ginsberg) by W.W. Norton in 2007. Other recent books include Building the Invisible Orphanage: A Prehistory of the American Welfare System (1998) and Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public (2002, with Benjamin Ginsberg). Professor Crenson was the recipient of the Harold Lasswell Prize in 1987 for his article, The Private Stake in Public Goods. In 2000, he was elected to the Baltimore City College Hall of Fame. He has been chosen twice as one of the Top Ten Professors at the Homewood Schools and received two Distinguished Teaching Awards. In 2007, he was awarded the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is now working on a book about the political history of Baltimore.
Judge John Carroll Byrnes is a native Baltimorean, educated here, including his law school, the University of Maryland, from which he graduated in 1966, following military service. When admitted to the Bar, he joined a Baltimore law firm where he later became partner. He served as counsel to the state Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee in the 1966 Legislative Session, by appointment of its chairman and later Attorney General , J. Joseph Curran, Jr.
A member of the Wills Commission on Maryland Government Reform, in 1967 he was elected Delegate to Maryland’s Constitutional Convention, where he proposed single member legislative districts and citizen Initiative authority. In 1970 he was appointed a special assistant State’s Attorney to co-direct a Grand Jury investigation of the Municipal Court. Later that year he was elected to the first of three terms in the Maryland State Senate. As a State Senator, John Carroll Byrnes was a principal sponsor of the Public Ethics Act, the State Prosecutor law, Organized Crime Grand Jury authority, the Nuclear-Hazardous Waste law, the Regional Cultural Financing Authority and the Herring Run Watershed Commission, in addition to dozens of other laws reforming various home improvement and real estate practices. He was actively involved in public education issues and organized the Third District PTA Council. In the Senate he was Vice Chair of the Finance Committee, where he sponsored a major reform of race track ownership regulation. He was chairman of a joint Senate-House Higher Education Reform committee and chairman of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Commission. In 1974 he was elected as a Delegate from the Third Congressional District to the National Party Conference in Kansas City, where he sponsored an amendment to the national Party By-Laws requiring ethical party practices
Governor Harry R. Hughes appointed him to the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City [now the Circuit Court for Baltimore City] on February 25, 1982. He was elected to that position that same year, and 15 years later, reappointed by Governor Glendening and again re-elected. He was twice recommended by the Appellate Courts Nominating Commission for appointment to the Court of Special Appeals. He retired from the Bench in 2002, and has been designated by the Court of Appeals to continue sitting in senior status.
To give needed attention to Baltimore’s historic courthouses, Judge Byrnes organized the Baltimore Courthouse and Law Museum Foundation in 1984, and served as its executive officer until 2000, when he chaired the Centennial Celebration of Baltimore’s Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse. In 1986 he organized the Juvenile Reading Program UPLIFT to encourage reading by the young boys and girls in the Juvenile Justice system. He served as its chairman for 15 years, and is now chair emeritus. He also served on the first Catholic Cluster School Board, Cardinal Shehan School. Judge Byrnes organized and chaired a committee which drafted, with others from the University of Maryland School of Law, the judiciary and the Office of the Attorney General, the Health Care Decisions Act of 1993, to bring legal order to end of life decision making.
For more than a decade, Judge Byrnes taught law and communications at local colleges including Loyola, Morgan, Notre Dame and the University of Baltimore, and at the University of Baltimore’s law school. He has written many published works, including a history of the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, and articles on health care decision-making, custody law reform, professionalism, victims’ rights and character education.
Judge Byrnes has received numerous awards including the Baltimore Jaycee’s “Outstanding Young Baltimorean,” the “Man for All Seasons” award from the St. Thomas More Society, the annual “Carl Hobbs Award” from Harbel, and “Community Service” awards from Monumental Jaycees, Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.,Waverly Career Center, Glenwood Life Counseling, Alternative Directions, the Governor of Maryland, the Mayor of Baltimore, the Baltimore City Council, the Governor’s Victim’s Rights Commission, Maryland Conservation Council, and Cardinal Shehan School.
He received the annual “Term of Court” Award from the Baltimore Courthouse and Law Museum Foundation, and his work on the Public Ethics Act was recognized by Common Cause’s Ann Hogan Award. In 1996, he was honored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore with a Papal Medal . He has been elected a Fellow of both the Baltimore and Maryland Bar Foundations, and in 2001 was a recipient of The Daily Record “Leadership in Law” award. In 2003 he received the “Marylander of the Year” Honor from the Colonial Society of Maryland at its annual Maryland Day commemoration. He was the 2004 recipient of the Carroll Medal from Loyola College.
Byrnes is the founding president and former chairman of the Baltimore City Historical Society. He is now Chair Emeritus. From 1998 to 2010 he led the effort to re-open the Baltimore Municipal Museum at The Peale. Former chairman of the Maryland Center for Character Education and author of “A Book of Values” for students, he served on the Boards of The Good Shepherd Center where he chaired the Governance Committee, and of the Maryland Mentoring Partnership. He chaired a special committee studying infectious disease issues for the Workers Compensation Commission pursuant to a request from the General Assembly, and in 2006-2007 served on another General Assembly mandated Commission- the “Task Force to Study Raising the Compulsory Public School Attendance Age to 18.”
His active and reserve duty, enlisted and commissioned, in the U.S. Army extended from 1961 to 1972. From 2003 to 2008 he was a Lt. Col. in the Maryland Defense Force. Judge Byrnes has been married to Helen McCausland Byrnes since 1970. They have three grown children.