Circuit Court Biographies
Member, Citizens Planning and Housing Association;
former member, Board of Directors, Lafayette Square
Community Center and the Northwest Community
Council; NAACP; Baltimore Urban League; active in
Enon Baptist Church. Author of article on housing con-
ditions in Baltimore City. Former District Court judge;
member, Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals; as-
sistant city solicitor; appeal agent for Draft Board No.
22. Married; 2 children.
ROBERT M. BELL. Eighth Judicial Circuit, 1980.
Born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, July 6, 1943.
Attended Dunbar High School; Morgan State Universi-
ty, A.B., 1966; Harvard Law School, J.D., 1969. Ad-
mitted to the Maryland Bar, 1969. Member, Maryland
State, Baltimore City, Monumental City, and National
Bar Associations. Judge of the District Court, District
1, 1975-1980. Unmarried.
ROSALYN BLAKE BELL. Sixth Judicial Circuit,
1980. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, April 22, 1923.
Attended Trenton High School; Simmons College, B.S.,
1944; National University, LL.B., J.D., 1951. Admitted
to the District of Columbia Bar, 1951. Admitted to the
Maryland Bar, 1965. Member, American, Maryland
State, Montgomery County, Womens, and District of
Columbia Bar Associations; Womens Bar Association of
the District of Columbia; National Conference of State
Trial Judges; National Association of Women Judges;
American Judges Association; trustee, 1973-1978, di-
rector, 1973-1977, Montgomery-Prince George's Con-
tinuing Legal Education Institute; vice-president, 1976-
1978, trustee, 1979-1980, MICPEL. Woman Lawyer of
the Year, District of Columbia Womens Bar Associa-
tion, 1975. Judge, District Court for Montgomery
County, 1978-1980. Widowed; 1 child.
ALBERT T. BLACKWELL, JR. Seventh Judicial Cir-
cuit, 1975. Born in Levels, West Virginia, June 27,
1925. Attended Glen Bumie High School; St. Vincent
College; University of Maryland, A.B., 1948; George
Washington University, LL.B., 1950. Admitted to the
Maryland Bar, 1951. Served in the U.S. Air Force. Fel-
low, Maryland Bar Association; member, Maryland
State and Prince George's County Bar Associations.
Member, Hyattsville Optimist Club; administrative
board, University Methodist Church. Married; 5 chil-
ELSBETH LEVY BOTHE. Eighth Judicial Circuit,
1978. Bom in Baltimore, October 17, 1927. Attended
Park School; University of Chicago, A.B., 1947; Univer-
sity of Zurich; University of Maryland, LL.B., 1952.
Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1952. Member, Ameri-
can, Maryland State, Baltimore City, and Womens Bar
Associations. Elected to the American Law Institute,
1976. Member, Constitutional Convention Commission,
1965-1967; delegate. Constitutional Convention, 1967;
member. Board of Patuxent Institution, 1965-1972; as-
sistant public defender, 1972-1978. President, Ameri-
can Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and member of
the ACLU National Board (resigned 1978); vice-presi-
dent, Citizens Planning and Housing Association (re-
signed 1978). Married; no children.
PERRY GRAY BOWEN, JR. Seventh Judicial Circuit,
1964. Born in Baltimore City, November 27, 1927.
Attended Calvert County High School; University of
Maryland, A.B., 1948; University of Maryland School
of Law, J.D., 1950. Admitted to the Maryland Bar,
1950. Served in the U.S. Army. Member, American,
Maryland State, and Calvert County Bar Associations;
fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation. Married; 4 children.
GEORGE W. BOWLING. Seventh Judicial Circuit,
1978; Administrative Judge for Charles County. Born
in Charles County, November 6, 1925. Attended
Charles County public schools; University of Maryland;
University of Maryland School of Law, LL.B,, 1950.
Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1949. Served in the
U.S. Army. Member, American, Maryland State, and
Charles County Bar Associations. State's attorney,
Charles County, 1954-1960; judge. District Court,
1971-1975. Married; 4 children.
AUSTIN W. BRIZENDINE. Third Judicial Circuit,
1978. Born in Baltimore, November 7, 1915.
Attended Baltimore City College; Dickinson College,
A.B., 1939; University of Maryland School of Law,
J.D., 1950. Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1951. Lcdr.
USNR active duty 1942-1945; 1951-1953. Member,
American Bar Association (Sub-Committee on Defense
of Indigent Defendants, 1978); member, Baltimore
County Bar Association (Executive Council, 1972-
1978, secretary, 1975-1976, president, 1977-1978);
member, Maryland State Bar Association (Professional
Ethics and Grievance Committees, Negligence Section);
fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation. Assistant County So-
licitor, Baltimore County, 1957-1959; Assistant State's
Attorney, Baltimore County, 1959-1966; The Dissent-
ers Law Club. Member, Kiwanis Club of Towson (presi-
dent, 1962); Board of Managers, Towson YMCA, 1960
-1970; Gunpowder Youth Camps, Inc. (Board of Direc-
tors, president, 1972- 1973); former president, Towson
Elementary PTA and Towsontowne Junior High School
PTA. Married; 3 children.
WILLIAM R. BUCHANAN, SR. Third Judicial Cir-
cuit, 1976. Bom in Baltimore, July 25, 1926.
Attended Mount St. Joseph High School; Loyola Col-
lege, Ph.B., 1949; University of Maryland School of
Law, LL.B., 1953. Admitted to the Maryland Bar,
1953. Served in the U.S. Army. Member, Board of Gov-
ernors, Maryland State Bar Association, 1971-1972;
past secretary and member. Executive Council,
Baltimore County Bar Association; Criminal Law Sec-
tion, American Bar Association. Judge, District Court,
1971-1976. Co-author and committee member, Pattern
Jury Instructions. Past secretary. Board of Property Re-
view, Baltimore County; past president, Stoneleigh
Community Association; member Advisory Board, St.
Joseph Hospital. Married, 5 children.
LUKE K. BURNS, JR. Fifth Judicial Circuit, 1979.
Bom in Baltimore, January 27, 1934. Attended Loyola
High School; Fordham University, B.A., 1957; Universi-
ty of Baltimore Law School, LL.B., 1964. Admitted to
the Maryland Bar, 1964. Member, Maryland State Bar
Association. Judge, District Court, District 10, 1978-
1979. Married; 2 children.