Master Richard McAllister comes from a long line of attorneys: his grandfather, father, uncle, and brother-in-law were and are attorneys. Thus, it was an obvious decision for Master McAllister to also become a member of the bar after graduating from Loyola College with a degree in political science in 1968 and spending three years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was stationed in Okinawa, the Mediterranean, and throughout the U.S. Following his graduation from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1975 and upon admission to the Maryland bar, Master McAllister served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Baltimore County for seven years. He then transitioned to private practice maintaining a general practice focusing on criminal defense, and became a part-time master in 1992. He continued this balance until 2006, when he became a full-time juvenile master.
Master McAllister revealed that he considered it a privilege and honor to be a juvenile master and his favorite part of the position was working with kids. He loves the ability to “have an impact and make a difference” and that he enjoys finding “the key that makes a kid work,” a sentiment his sheriff, Eric Martin, can confirm.
“Trial work is like a contest, like in the Marines,” Master McAllister explained, and that his advice to attorneys would be to “build your case to make it make sense.” “Know your facts, your client, and your case, and present it in a logical way,” he emphasized. “Make it easy” for the judge or master – which is what Master McAllister strove to do when he was in practice. Finally, Master McAllister credits his skill as an attorney and master to his parents, who he said helped to shape his experience.
Favorite sports teams: Ravens and Orioles (and Colts!)
Favorite restaurant: None, loves going all over the place
Favorite way to spend your free time: Golfing (even during the winter!) and reading
Currently reading: Edge of Eternity (Book Three of The Century Trilogy) by Ken Follett
Favorite movie: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Favorite music: Everything but rap
Little known facts: Master McAllister is a military history enthusiast and has a kitten named Abby