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Judge Arthur M. Monty Ahalt ( Ret.)

 

Governor Harry R. Hughes appointed the Honorable Arthur M. Monty Ahalt to the Circuit Court for Prince George's County on February 9, 1982. Judge Ahalt retired in 1999 and commenced a career as a teacher, advocate, ADR neutral and technology innovator.  

Judge Ahalt was born April 27, 1942. He received his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland in 1964 and his J.D. from the Washington College of Law of the American University in 1967. He was a Law Clerk for Blair H. Smith, Esquire, the Honorable Ralph W. Powers and the Honorable J. Dudley Digges in the Seventh Judicial Circuit.  

While on the bench Judge Ahalt maintained an active trial calendar, having tried over 750 jury trials. Judge Ahalt has evaluated the jury value of over 20,000 injuries as a neutral case evaluator for litigants in the Court's settlement practice. He lectures before numerous groups of judges, lawyers, insurance adjusters and court employees on evaluating risk. He has compiled a group of 20 recurring accidents and injuries and a method of evaluating the jury's potential entitled Evaluating Risk. Since retirement Judge Ahalt has conducted numerous ADR cases, acting as an arbitrator, neutral case evaluator and settlement conference facilitator for courts and private parties. 

For over 25 years Judge Ahalt, led the Maryland Bar's efforts to promote the public understanding of the law. His leadership led to establishing means and methods of public education about the law, particularly in the public and private school systems, kindergarten through twelfth grade. Judge Ahalt has been a nationally recognized advocate, lecturer and author in the field of Law-Related Education. He has served as Chairman of the Citizens Law-Related Education Committee (CLREP) of the Maryland State Bar Association from 1973 to 1999. Among his publications are Understanding the Judicial Branch of the Government, Law-Related Education -- A Ten Year Experience, Sexual Harassment and Judicial Decision Making, Character Controls Conduct and A Juror's Guide to

Understanding the Judicial Branch of the Government. Additionally he participated in the publication of over 20 teacher guides for use in State classrooms as well as numerous classroom-teaching aides. He has been the principal lecturer at numerous teacher education and training seminars and conferences.

Judge Ahalt also lectures before numerous groups of judges, lawyers, insurance adjusters and court employees on evaluating risk. He has compiled a group of 20 recurring accidents and injuries and a method of evaluating the jury's potential entitled Evaluating Risk.

Judge Ahalt has received the Distinguished Service Award and the Outstanding Service Award of the Maryland State Bar Association. The Maryland Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc have named him Employer of the Year. Judge Ahalt is also listed in Who's Who in American Law. He also is the recipient of The Legal Excellence Award from the Maryland Bar Association and the Isadore Starr Public Education Award from the American Bar Association.  

In 2002 Judge Ahalt founded VirtualCourthouse LLC, a company that develops Internet technologies to advance the efficiencies of alternative dispute resolution. In addition to his dispute resolution practice he currently serves as CEO of VirtualCourthouse. 

see also www.montyahalt.com

 

 

 

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