Catching Up With…Julius Silvestri ‘68

     His senior yearbook listed his ambition as politics. So having graduated from Curley in 1968, Julius attended college and law school at the University of Baltimore, finishing in the fall of 1975 and passing the bar in the spring of 1976. His first job out of law school was as an Assistant State’s  Attorney in Baltimore City. He spent the majority of his time in the Felony Division and prosecuted over 200 homicides.

     Julius is currently a Magistrate in the Juvenile Courts of Baltimore City.  A magistrate is a state official who makes decisions in legal cases just like a judge, though he does not have as much power as a judge. Generally the scope of a magistrate’s jurisdiction is limited.   As a Magistrate in the Juvenile Courts, Julius hears delinquency cases, Child in Need of Assistance (CINA) cases, neglect cases and abuse cases.

     In his experiences as a prosecutor and as a magistrate, Julius has met a broad spectrum of people. He likens it to the TV dramas “Homicide” and “The Wire.”  “It’s like watching work as it happened,“  he says.

Julius and his wife of 40 years, Sharon, have 2 married children, Jim and Melissa, and 3 grandchildren.  Unfortunately, Sharon passed away unexpectedly in 2012.  

     It was a sense of fellowship and family that Julius remembers about his Curley experience.  He reflects on Curley’s impact on his life: “Curley gave me a foundation for preparing my cases, those I presented and those I hear. As I get to meet so many people whose lives have been dramatically altered, mostly not for the better, you have to be able to offer understanding and the best wisdom you can provide.”

     Julius enjoys the theater, the symphony “Pops” series and the Stevenson lecture series with his friend Peggy, a ’68 grad of Catholic High. He is looking forward to retirement when he can “travel as much as possible.”

You can contact Julius at  .

Top photo: Julius and his daughter, Melissa, and son, Jim.

Left photo:  Julius and his grandson.

Right photo: Julius and Dominic Fleming '69 at the Alumni-sponsored Shrimp Feast.

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