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[photo, William W. Wenner, Court of Special Appeals Judge] WILLIAM WATKINS WENNER (1930-2016)
Judge, Court of Special Appeals, 3rd Appellate Circuit, 1985-2000

Judge, Court of Special Appeals, 3rd Appellate Circuit (Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard & Washington counties), December 3, 1985 to September 22, 2000. Retired September 22, 2000. Chair, Judicial Ethics Committee, 1990-2000 (member, 1988-2000).

Associate Judge, Frederick County Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit, 1980-85.

Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 11, 1978-80.


Deputy State's Attorney, Frederick County, 1960-64. Member, Advisory Council on Child Welfare, 1967-70; Governor's Commission on Children and Youth, 1972-77; Governor's Commission to Study Implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, 1973-77. Counsel to Joint Legislative Committee to Study Maryland Domestic Relations Laws, 1972.

Born in Brunswick, Maryland, September 24, 1930. Attended Brunswick High School, Brunswick, Maryland; St. James School, Hagerstown, Maryland; Kenyon College, A.B., 1952. Served in U.S. Army, 1952-54 (staff sergeant, u.s. army corps of engineers). University of Maryland School of Law, LL.B., 1958. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1958. Associate, Richard E. Zimmerman law firm, 1952-1962. Partner, Rollins & Wenner, 1966; Rollins, Wenner, Price & Tisdale. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (chair, family & juvenile law section, 1966-68, 1970-71; board of governors, 1972-73); Frederick County Bar Association (secretary, 1961-70; vice-president, 1971; president, 1972); American Judicature Society. Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation. Board of Directors, Historical Society of Frederick County. Former chair, Board of Directors, Maryland Blue Cross Blue Shield. Adjunct faculty (business law), Mount St. Mary's College. Member, Brunswick Rotary Club; Frederick Kiwanis Club; Frederick Touchdown Club; Maryland Club of Baltimore. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Mount St. Mary's College. Widower; two children, one grandchild. Died in Adamstown, Maryland, May 27, 2016.

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