Judge Bios

Beaudin, Bruce

Appointed: October 15, 1984

Mr. Beaudin was born September 28, 1939, to Frank and Lillian Beaudin in

Farmington, Connecticut. The oldest of five children, he attended public schools until his

graduation from Farmington High School in 1957.

In 1957 Mr. Beaudin entered the Passionist Seminary in Dunkirk, New York where

he received his Associate of Arts degree in 1959. Later he transferred to Fairfield University

in Fairfield, Connecticut where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in


In the fall of 1961 he was admitted to Georgetown Law School with an academic

scholarship and graduated in 1964 with a L.L.D. degree. During his senior year in law

school, he was employed at the D.C. Bail Project–the forerunner of today’s D.C. Pretrial

Services Agency.

After graduation, Mr. Beaudin entered into employment with the Legal Aid Agency

(the Public Defender’s Office) where he served as an Investigator, Staff Attorney, Deputy

Director and Director until 1968 when he assumed his present position as Director of the

District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency.

During his 16 years with the Pretrial Services Agency, Mr. Beaudin has earned a

national reputation for his work on bail issues. He has served as a consultant to many

jurisdictions, legislatures, and to the Congress. As sounder and President of the National

Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, he has spearheaded national efforts at bail

reform. Under his direction the Agency has grown from 13 to 60 positions and has been

awarded the Department of Justice’s coveted Exemplary Program designation.

During his career, he has received many awards. In July of 1984, he received the

Joseph Olgiati Award given by the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies in

New Orleans for his outstanding contributions to the field of pretrial services. In 1977 he also

received the American Society for Public Administration’s award for outstanding national

contribution to the advancement and professional development of criminal justice

administration. In addition, he has published many articles of significance in the pretrial area

including “Performance Standards and Goals for Pretrial Release and Diversion,” 2

volumes, Washington, D.C. 1978; “How to do it”–Implementation of the American Bar

Association Standards relating to Pretrial Release, one in a series of 8 pamphlets published

in 1976; and, “Proposal For the Reform of Pretrial Release and Detention Practices in the

United States,” co-authored with Donald Pryor and Alan Henry and published in Annual

Journal, Vol, IV, Pretrial Services Resource Center, Wash., D.C. 1981.

Mr. Beaudin has served on many boards and commissions. He presently serves as

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pretrial Services Resource Center; as Cochairman

of the Advisory Board of the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies;

and as a member of the Mayor’s Crime Commission; the Mayor’s Transition Task Force,

and the Board of the Office of Criminal Justice Plans and Analysis.

Mr. Beaudin and his wife Marlene R.B. Beaudin, Associate Executive Officer of the

National Academy of Engineering, live in the District and await the arrival of twins expected

early in January. Mr. Beaudin has two children by a prior marriage; Kelly Anne Beaudin who

lives in Los Angeles, California and is a Senior at Chadwick School and Christopher Francis

Beaudin who is a Junior at Villanova University.