PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
CIRCUIT COURT

FORMER JUDGES


C. PHILIP NICHOLS, JR., Chief Judge, Prince George's County Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit, May 2016 to June 22, 2017 (Associate Judge, December 16, 1992 to June 22, 2017); Judge-in-Charge, Juvenile Court, 2002-05. Retired June 22, 2017.

Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 5, Prince George's County, July 30, 1985 to December 15, 1992. Member, Administrative Judges Committee, District Court of Maryland, 1986-91. Chair, Civil Law and Procedure Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 1990-91.

Chief Judge, Orphans' Court, Prince George's County, 1982-85 (Associate Judge, 1977-82).

Chair, National Advisory Board on the Collection of Child Support, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, 1996-2000. Member, Executive Advisory Committee, National Center for Judicial Security, U.S. Marshals Service, 2007-.

Born in Prince George's County, Maryland, June 1947. Attended Laurel public and parochial schools; LaSalle Military Academy, Oakdale, New York, 1965; Georgetown University, A.B., 1969; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1973; U.S. Naval War College, M.A. (national security & strategic studies), with highest distinction, 2006. Captain, U.S. Naval Reserve, and Senior Reserve Military Judge, U.S. Navy, 1995-96. Judge, U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, 1996-2000, 2003-07. Served over 37 years in selected reserve. Law clerk to Judge Ernest A. Loveless, Jr., Prince George's County Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit, 1972-73. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1973; District of Columbia, 1976. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (board of governors, 1985-86, 1990-92); Prince George's County Bar Association, 1973- (president, 1989-90); Maryland Association of Judges of the Orphans' Court (president, 1981-85). Member, Rotary Club of Laurel, 1974- (president, 1980-81). President, Laurel Unit, American Cancer Society, 1978-80; Oasis Youth Services Bureau, 1979-80. Board of Directors, St. Vincent Palotti High School, 1988-95; Laurel Regional Hospital, 1989-98 (chair, 1990-92). Consultant on course development in homeland security, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2007. Fleet Professor (national security decision-making), U.S. Naval War College, 2007-. Honorary life member, Laurel Volunteer Fire Department. Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation. Outstanding Rotary Club President in Maryland and District of Columbia, 1981. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2003. Legal Excellence Award for Advancement of Public Service Responsibility, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2010. Anselm Sodaro Judicial Civility Award, Maryland State Bar Association, 2016.

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