HOWARD COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

FORMER JUDGES


DENNIS M. SWEENEY, Associate Judge, Howard County Circuit Court, 5th Judicial Circuit, March 14, 1991 to November 2, 2007. Retired November 2, 2007. Member, Civil Law and Procedure Committee, 1991-93, Judicial Ethics Subcommittee, 1993-2004, Family and Domestic Relations Law Committee, 1999-2000, Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, 2000-01, and Public Awareness Committee, 2001-07, Maryland Judicial Conference. Member, Executive Committee, Maryland Circuit Judges Association, 1994-2007; Criminal Procedure Article Review Committee, 1998-2001; Council on Jury Use and Management, 1999-2000 (chair, trial procedures & role of the jury subcommittee, 1999-2000). Chair, Editorial Board, Justice Matters, 2000-07. Member, Court Commission on Professionalism, 2004-06.

Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Judicial Council, 2017-.

Member, Special Ad Hoc Committee to Implement Maryland's New Domestic Violence Law, 1992. Member, County Executive's Ad Hoc Committee on Human Rights, Howard County, 1993-. Member, Judicial Clerkship Advisory Committee, University of Maryland School of Law, 1995-; Family Violence Council, 1995-2005. Co-Chair, Family and Sexual Violence Coordinating Council, 1997-.

Assistant Federal Public Defender, Office of Maryland Federal Public Defender, 1975.

Assistant attorney general and Special Assistant to Attorney General, 1979-81. Chief, Civil Division and Chief, General Counsel, Office of Attorney General, 1981-84. Deputy Attorney General, 1984-91. Member, U.S. District Court Trial Experience Committee, 1984-88. Member, Governor's Task Force on Administrative Hearing Officers, 1987-88; Advisory Council to Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 1987-89. Chair, State Advisory Council on Administrative Hearings, 1989-91; General Assembly's Task Force on Uninsured Employers, 1990. Vice-Chair, Governor's Prescription Drug Commission, 1990-91.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, July 23, 1945. Loyola College, B.A., 1967; Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1971. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1971. Staff attorney, Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., 1971-75. Chief Attorney, Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., 1975-79. Mediator and arbitrator, Creative Dispute Resolution, 2009-10; JAMS Maryland Resolution Center, 2011-. Member, American Bar Association (vice-chair, committee on health & human services, 1978-82); Maryland State Bar Association (chair, administrative law section, 1984; member, criminal subcommittee of pattern jury instruction committee, 2010-); Howard County Bar Association. President, Public Lawyers Legal Services Program, Inc., 1989-91. President, James Macgill American Inn of Court, 1995-96. Member, Maryland Coalition for Civil Justice Private Bar Task Force, 1995-; Children's Justice Act Committee, 1995-. Award of Distinction, Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, 1998. Ginny Mahoney Memorial Award, State Board of Victim Services, 2002. Champion of Justice, Legal Aid Bureau, 2006. Influential Marylanders, Daily Record, 2010. Award of Excellence, Howard County Bar Association, 2010.

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