Judge Nelson W. Rupp, Jr.

Judge Nelson W. Rupp, Jr.

The Honorable Nelson W. Rupp, Jr. was appointed to the Circuit Court for Montgomery County in January 1997 by Governor Parris Glendening and was subsequently elected to the Circuit Court in 1998.  At the end of his 15 year term in November 2013 Judge Rupp was re-appointed to the Circuit Court by Governor Martin O'Malley.  Judge Rupp began his judicial career in 1993 when Governor Schaefer appointed him to the District Court for Montgomery County.

Prior to Judge Rupp's 20 years service as a judge, he spent 9 years as a prosecutor in Montgomery, Prince Georges's and St. Mary's counties; 3 years as a public defender in Montgomery County; and 10 years as an associate and partner with a civil litigation firm.  Judge Rupp received his undergraduate degree in English from Denison University in 1970 and his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1974 from the Washington College of Law at American University.  For the last 15 years, Judge Rupp has taught Trial Advocacy at the Washington College of Law.

In 2004 Judge Rupp founded the Adult Drug Court in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.  He continues to preside over the Adult Drug Court and continues to devote countless hours of time assisting those in our community suffering from addiction, dependence and related complications. 137 graduates of the Adult Drug Court have successfully addressed their addiction and other issues resulting in their return to their families and becoming contributing members of the community. 

The following are among the awards Judge Rupp has received for service to the community:  Community Service Award from the Caron Foundation, Community Service Award from Recovery Partners for Montgomery County, Leadership in Law Award from the Maryland Daily Record, Community Service Award from Drawing the Line, Distinguished Service Award from the Washington College of Law, and Outstanding Jurist Award from the Montgomery County Bar Association.

Judge Rupp currently serves as the State of Maryland Judiciary Representative to the State of Maryland Drug and Alcohol Council and as a member of the Drug Treatment Court Oversight Committee with the Office of Problem Solving Courts for the State of Maryland Judiciary.

Judge Rupp is a long-time resident of Montgomery County, having graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1966.  He currently lives in Chevy Chase with his wife, Mary Foote Rupp.  He is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.


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