On Tuesday June 28th, we hosted a live conversation with Candidate for State Attorney Bernice Mireku-North.
Bernice Mireku-North grew up in Summit Hills Apartments in Silver Spring, Maryland in a Ghanaian immigrant family. Bernice graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park after graduating from Montgomery Blair High School. During college she was a leader in Omicron Delta Kappa National Honors Society, the Mock Trial Team, and the Black Government and Policy Society. A job in the U.S. Attorney’s Office while in college is where Bernice cultivated her passion for criminal justice. Following her passion, Bernice attended the historic Howard University School of Law and graduated in 2006.
After clerking for two judges in D.C. and Maryland, she served as a line prosecutor for the State of Maryland for six years before going to private practice. Bernice became Managing Attorney of The North Law Group, LLC, practicing criminal defense and adult guardianship cases. Bernice has represented the accused who have been charged with such major crimes as possession with intent to distribute, participation in gang, felony gun charges and robbery. She has devoted her time to criminal justice reform as the Chair of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board. Most recently, Bernice served as Co-Chair of the Montgomery County Reimagining Public Safety Task Force, advising county government on specific ways to protect the rights of all county residents. Bernice is currently running for Montgomery County State’s Attorney because she knows she can make equitable and long lasting changes to our criminal justice system.
She’s been endorsed by Run for Something, a national organization committed to helping young diverse progressives run for local office. She’s also received a distinction from Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety in America. Locally, Bernice’s been endorsed by Progressive Neighbors, who have been endorsing progressive candidates since 2006. Local elected officials endorsing Bernice’s campaign include Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins, Delegate Lesley Lopez, Delegate Gabriel Acevero, Delegeate Julie Palakovich-Carr, Somerset Mayor Jeffrey Slavin, and President, Poolesville Town Commissioners Kerri Cook. Endorsements from former elected officials include Former Rockville City Council Member Virginia Onley, Former Gaithersburg City Council Member Yvette Monroe and Former Takoma Park City Council Member Rizzy Qureshi.