James F. Schneider

Baltimore, Maryland


Baltimore, Maryland


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James F. Schneider, age 72, retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Maryland, died of osteomyelitis on Monday, April 6, at his Homeland residence. Upon his retirement in 2017, following 35 years of service, he was the longest-serving federal or state judge in Maryland. He is survived by...

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Dear Susan, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Husband. Jim was so wonderful to me and we spent many hours together discussing my husband Paul and the Law Library and the Court House. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Most sincerely, Helene Dorf

Very much enjoyed viewing the memorial service on Facebook this morning. What a wonderful method of sharing the memories of a wonderful man, lawyer, and judge. May you rest in peace with God forever, Your Honor !

I had the great pleasure of appearing as a lawyer in front of Judge Schneider many times over the years. He was smart, kind, and caring. He will be greatly missed. My condolences on his passing.

--Brett Weiss

My sincerest condolences to Judge Schneider's family. Jim was a truly exceptional person and Judge.

Judge Schneider was both a scholar and the common man's champion. He patiently, and respectfully, listened to those who appeared in front of him. No matter was unimportant to him, as he knew how important it was to each person in his courtroom. He was a kind and gentle man and he left this earth a better place because he was in it.

Jim was one of the first friends I made at 1st and Franklin when I When I came to Baltimore to attend graduate school at Peabody. There was a cohort of young adults attending in the late 1970s and Jim was really the lifeblood of our group of friends. He was a lovely person in every way, and he was also gifted with a wicked sense of humor. We are so glad to have known him.

Dear Family, I will be forever grateful that Judge Schneider's lovely wife Susan suggested that I attend a program in 2006 at the Baltimore Legal History Museum. I was so impressed with Judge Schneider's presentation that I was stimulated to volunteer as a docent in the Museum. I have volunteered ever since. I will always recall his impressive knowledge, kind and gentle manner. Judge Schneider was ever the wonderful gentlemen and outstanding scholar. Thank you for all you have done and...

I will be ever grateful that Judge Schneider's lovely wife suggested that I attend his book review program in the Baltimore Legal History Museum in 2006. I was so impressed with his understanding of legal history in Maryland, that I decided to become a volunteer docent in the Museum. I will always remember Judge Schneider as a wonderful gentlemen and informed scholar. I will miss his wonderful sense of humor and gentle manner.

Elva E. Tillman, Esquire

Jim and I were classmates starting in 8th grade and continuing throughout high school. Despite his considerable academic abilities he was always humble and unpretentious. At Parkville High Schools 30th reunion I ask him how he came to be appointed a federal judge. His answer: Dumb luck. Typical Jim. The man had no ego.