Maryland Matters is pleased to announce that former state Del. Maricé I. Morales will become a regular contributor to our website. She’ll write an opinion column twice a month – including one that was published on Thursday afternoon.
Morales represented Montgomery County’s District 19 in the House of Delegates from 2015 to 2019. At the time of her election, she was the youngest Latina to serve at the state level in the country.
During her tenure, Morales served as founding member and vice chair of the Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus. She sponsored legislation to reform the state’s criminal justice system, protect immigrant communities and workers’ rights, and promote women’s rights.
Morales is a personal injury and criminal defense attorney with Pérez Halpern, a firm based in Rockville. Morales’ legal experience also includes working for the Public Defender’s Office in New Orleans and at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica. She was also a judicial extern in the Arlington County Circuit Court in the criminal and family law dockets.
Morales has a J.D. from the University of Maryland, School of Law, where she served as a member of the International Law Moot Court Team. She also has a Master’s in Public Policy and a Bachelor’s in Global Affairs and French from George Mason University
Recently, Morales was appointed by Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) to serve on the Montgomery College Board of Trustees, a role she’ll begin in June. She also is a board member with the Jewish Council on Aging and Emerge Maryland.
At Maryland Matters, Morales joins a stable of regular columnists that includes Frank A. DeFilippo, a veteran journalist and commentator based in Baltimore, whose column appears on Mondays, and Editor Josh Kurtz, who turns out a column whenever he’s able. We hope to add new voices in the near future!