Before beginning her career in the law, Ms. Beam was a Human Health Risk Analyst with Lockheed Martin at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.She was selected to represent the Laboratory on a two-year off-site assignment to Washington, D.C., where she served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Programs.During her five-year tenure as a consultant to the DOE, she worked on various risk assessment-related initiatives used by the DOE for making risk-based management decisions regarding the extent and method of cleaning up its numerous hazardous and radioactive-contaminated waste sites throughout the nation.
Originally from Tennessee, Ms. Beam graduated with High Honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and was selected for membership in the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.After receiving her Bachelors Degree in English, she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and taught Freshman Composition courses at the University and at Pellissippi Community College while working on her Masters Degree in English.
Ms. Beam later attended the University of Maryland School of Law where she graduated with Honors.She served as an Associate Editor on the Maryland Law Review, was selected to be a Teaching Assistant to the Associate Dean, and was also named a Writing Fellow.
Ms. Beam has been admitted to practice in both federal and state courts in Maryland, D.C., West Virginia, and Tennessee.She has appeared in Maryland District and Circuit Courts and has argued several appeals before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. She prevailed in the case of South Mountain Heritage Society, Inc. v. Rupli, a reported opinion issued by the Court of Special Appeals in 2011.
Ms. Beam is very active in both her local and state bar associations. At the local level, she is a Past President of the Bar Association of Frederick County, Maryland and served on its Executive Committee for six years. She currently serves as the Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee, and served as Chair of the Charity Art Auction Committee for four years. In 2007, she received the James McSherry Memorial Award in recognition of her outstanding service to the Bar.
At the state level, she has served on the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association and on the Board's Executive Committee. She was selected to be a Fellow in the Leadership Academy, and she is a member of the Budget and Finance, Planning, and Judicial Appointments Committees. She served six years on the Local and Specialty Bar Liaison Committee.
In 2014, 2015, and 2016, Ms. Beam was recognized by her peers in Baltimore Magazine as a SuperLawyer. In 2009, Ms. Beam was named as a Fellow in the Maryland Bar Foundation and currently serves on the Foundation's Budget & Finance Committee. Ms. Beam was also the recipient of one of five scholarships awarded on a national basis to attend the American Bar Association's Bar Leadership Institute in Chicago, IL. In 2005, she was featured in Frederick Magazine's edition of "Lawyers Who Give A Damn."
In addition, Ms. Beam regularly chairs panels of the Attorney Grievance Commission's Peer Review Committee, the organization responsible for prosecuting lawyer disciplinary matters. She was also appointed to serve on the Maryland Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for District 10, which interviews, screens, and selects applicants for judicial appointment by the Governor. She also serves as a Mentor in the MD Court of Special Appeals' Mentor Program.
Ms. Beam is also active in various community and civic organizations, including the Way Station, Inc., where she serves on the Executive Board and as the Chair of the Property Committee; the Frederick Memorial Hospital, where she serves on the Planned Gifts Committee; the Governance Committee of the Literacy Council of Frederick County; and the Governance Committee of Celebrate Frederick. She has also served on the Board of the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center.
Since becoming an attorney, her publications include:Restricting the Scope of Negligent Entrustment by Exempting Donors and Sellers from Liability, 57 Md. L. Rev. 988 (1998), and Is There Room for Ethics in Today’s Multi-Disciplinary, Technology Age Law Practice?, Md. Bar Journal, Nov./Dec. 2000, 17-21, which she co-authored with Thomas E. Lynch, III, Esquire.
AWARDS and SPECIAL RECOGNITION
James McSherry Memorial Award, 2007
Presented in recognition of Ms. Beam's outstanding service to the Bar Association of Frederick County
Frederick Co. Circuit Court Judge Theresa Adams, Beth Beam, and Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals Robert M. Bell
Appointed to serve on the State of Maryland's Judicial Nominating Commission, District 10 (2008-11).
Frederick Magazine, November 2005
Featured in Frederick Magazine’s edition of “Lawyers Who Give a Damn.”