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Obama Selects Morgan Alumna for Judgeship

Noted Attorney at City, State Level

President Barack Obama has nominated Morgan graduate Gloria Wilson Shelton, ’76, for judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The court’s mission, as stated on its website, is to “provide veterans an impartial judicial forum for review of administrative decisions by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals that are adverse to the veteran-appellant’s claim of entitlement to benefits for service-connected disabilities, survivor benefits and other benefits such as education payments and waiver of indebtedness.”

Shelton is now a staff attorney at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Before joining the VA, she was a principal counsel then bureau chief in the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland.

Other positions she has held include Maryland State assistant attorney general, deputy legal counsel for the Baltimore Police Department, assistant solicitor for the Baltimore City Housing Authority and judicial clerk for the Court of Appeals of Maryland. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. Shelton holds a B.S. from Morgan State University in psychology and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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