MONTGOMERY COUNTY
CIRCUIT COURT

FORMER JUDGES


JAMES C. CHAPIN (1940-2001)
Associate Judge, Montgomery County Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit, from December 19, 1995 to September 30, 2001. Member, Public Awareness Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 1998-2000.

City Attorney, Laurel, 1968-75. County Attorney, Prince George's County, 1975-79. Member, Governor's Commission to Review the Law-Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights, 1976-77. Chair, Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, 7th Judicial Circuit, 1979-82. Member, Inquiry Committee, Attorney Grievance Commission, 1980-86; Advisory Council, Maryland Legal Services Corp., 1987-89; Judicial Compensation Commission, 1988-89; Select Committee on Gender Equality, 1989-91; U.S. Senatorial Blue Ribbon Committee to Study Creation of Southern Division, U.S. District Court, 1989. Chair, Review Board, Attorney Grievance Comission, 1990.

Born in Washington, DC, October 24, 1940. Furman University, B.A., 1962; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.B., 1965. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1966 (special commendation, 4th highest grade awarded on bar exam). Partner, Duckett, Orem, Christie & Beckett, 1979-82; Beckett, Cromwell & Myers, 1982-88; Frank, Bernstein, Conaway & Goldman, 1988-92; Miles & Stockbridge, 1992-95. Member, American and District of Columbia Bar Associations; Maryland State Bar Association (president, 1982-83; board of governors, 1976, 1979, 1981-84); Montgomery County Bar Association (designated conciliator, 1993); Prince George's County Bar Association (board of directors, 1975-78); American Judicature Society. Life member, American and Maryland Bar Foundations. Board of Directors, Maryland Municipal League, 1972-75. Vice-President, Maryland Municipal Attorneys Association, 1974-75. Adjunct faculty, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, 1978-82. Member, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, 1985-95; fund-raising committee, Treatment and Learning Center, Rockville, 1990. Parish Council, St. George's Greek Orthodox Church, Potomac. Died in Washington, DC, September 30, 2001.

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