[photo, Leslie Smith Turner, Orphans' Court Judge, Howard County, Maryland] LESLIE SMITH TURNER, Judge (Democrat)

Judge, Orphans' Court, Howard County, since December 8, 2010 (chief judge, Dec. 19, 2014 to April 7, 2015).

Former Developmental Disabilities Administrator, North Carolina. Former assistant state's attorney, Howard County. Former assistant public defender, Howard County and Prince George's County.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia. Columbia University, M.A. (developmental psychology); University of Maryland School of Law, J.D. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1985. Attorney. Certified Federal Investigator and Maryland Mediator. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (alternative dispute resolution section; elder law section; estate & trust section; immigration law section). Past acting chief attorney, Howard County Legal Aid. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 1999, 2001; 2013 (Circle of Excellence). Divorced; two children, two grandchildren.

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