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LL.B., J.D., 1960; graduate studies, George Washington
University. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1961, U.S. Court
of Military Appeals and U.S. Tax Court, 1970. Member,
District of Columbia Bar Association. Assistant Public
Defender, Anne Arundel County, 1972-82; Deputy Public
Defender, 1982-85. Board of Directors, Methodist
Church Council; Sigma Delta Kappa; American Legion.
JAMES L. RYAN. Associate Judge, Montgomery County
Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit, since 1991. Associate Judge,
District Court of Maryland, District 6, Montgomery County,
1987-91. Master for Domestic Relations, Montgomery
County Circuit Court, 1982-87. Born in Washington, DC,
January 5, 1941. Montgomery College, AA., 1962; University
of Maryland, B.A., 1964; Catholic University School of Law,
J.D., 1969. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1969. Member, Mary-
land State and Montgomery County Bar Associations.
THOMAS A. RYMER. Associate Judge, Calvert County
Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit, since 1987. Born in
Asheville, North Carolina, February 10, 1925. Served in
U.S. Navy, World War II. University of Maryland; Cornell
University, B.C.E., 1948; George Washington University
School of Law, J.D., 1955. Admitted to Maryland Bar,
1958. Town attorney for North Beach. Attorney for Calvert
County Board of Education. State's Attorney, Calvert
County, 1966-70. Member, House of Delegates, 1971-87
(majority whip, 1978-86; chair, environmental matters com-
mittee; member, legislative policy committee, rules and ex-
ecutive nominations committee; chair, Calvert County
delegation). Past member, Tri-County Council for Southern
Maryland (chair, 1979-82).
JAMES PATRICK SALMON. Associate Judge, Prince
George's County Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit, since
1988. Born in Easton, Maryland, February 9, 1940. St.
Vincent College, B.S. (economics), 1962; University of
Maryland School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1965.
Law clerk to Judge Charles C. Marbury, Court of Appeals,
1965-66. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1965. Member,
American, District of Columbia, Maryland State and
Prince George's County Bar Associations. Associate,
Duckett, Orem, Christie & Beckett, 1966-69. Partner,
Sasscer, Clagett, Channing and Bucher, 1970-88 (associ-
ate, 1969-70). Member, Order of the Coif, 1965; Mary-
land Bar Foundation, 1982; American College of Trial
JOHN W. SAUSE, JR. Associate Judge, Queen Anne's
County Circuit Court, 2nd Judicial Circuit, since 1988. Mem-
ber, Conference of Circuit Judges, 1989. Born in Baltimore,
Maryland, October 14, 1933. Williams College, B.A., with
honors, 1955; University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.,
1958. Law clerk to Judge William L. Henderson, Court of
Appeals, 1958-59. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1958. Member,
American, 2nd Circuit and Queen Anne's County Bar Associa-
tions. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (chair, young
lawyers committee, 1964-65; local member, judicial nomina-
tions committee, 1966-67,1977-83; member, grievance com-
mittee, 1970-72; council, criminal law section, 1985-89;
committee to revise pattern criminal jury instructions, 1988).
Assistant State's Attorney, Baltimore City, 1959-62. Associate,
Mylander & Atwater, 1962-65. Assistant attorney general,
1964-66. Reporter, Commission to Revise the Testamentary
Laws of Maryland, 1967-68. Trial Magistrate, Queen Anne's
County, 1967-71. Legislative officer to Governor, 1968-69.
District Public Defender, District 3, Caroline, Cecil, Kent,
Queen Anne's and Talbot counties, 1971-83. Trust Clerk,
Queen Anne's County Circuit Court, 1981-84 (auditor, 1981-
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88). Member, State Board of Law Examiners, 1983-88.
Attorney to Queen Anne's County Planning Commission
and Department of Planning and Zoning, 1987-88. Mem-
ber, Business Regulations Article Review Committee,
1988-89. Member, Commission on Artistic Property,
1969-75 (chair, 1973-75); State House Trust, 1973-75.
Member, Queen Anne's County Historical Society (found-
ing director, 1960). President, Queen Anne's County Jay-
cees, 1965-66. Trustee, The Gunston School, 1972-85
(president, 1974-75; chair, finance committee, 1979-85).
Chairman, Centreville Heritage Commission, 1983-91.
J. FREDERICK SHARER. Associate Judge, Allegany
County Circuit Court, 4th Judicial Circuit, since 1980.
Chairman, Executive Committee, Maryland Judicial Con-
ference, 1988-89. Born in Cumberland, Maryland, April
12, 1938. Allegany County public schools; Washington
and Jefferson College, A.B., 1960; University of Maryland
School of Law, LL.B., 1963. Editorial board, Maryland
Law Review, 1962-63. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1963.
Member, Maryland State Bar Association; Allegany
County Bar Association (president, 1990). Former part-
ner, Wilson and Sharer. Deputy State's Attorney, Allegany
County, 1965-66. City Solicitor, City of Cumberland,
1966-80. State Board of Law Examiners, 1978-80; Bar
Admissions Conference, 1981. Board of Trustees, Alle-
gany Community College, 1970-80 (chair, 1970-77); De-
velopment Council, Washington and Jefferson College,
1977-80. School Board, Bishop Walsh High School,
1986 (chair, 1991). Lecturer, Frostburg State Uni-
versity, and Allegany Community College. President,
Greater Cumberland Jaycees, 1966-67.
D. WILLIAM SIMPSON. Associate Judge, Wicomico
County Circuit Court, 1st Judicial Circuit, since 1986.
Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 2,
Wicomico County, 1978-86. Master of Juvenile Causes,
Wicomico County Circuit Court, 1976-78. Born in Cam-
den, New Jersey, August 27,1937. Attended Pennsgrove,
New Jersey, public schools; University of Delaware, B.A.,
1959; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1963.
Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1963. Member, American,
Maryland State and Wicomico County Bar Associations.
Member, Optimist Club of Maryland; Elks Club.
CAROL E. SMITH. Associate Judge, Baltimore City
Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, since 1993. Associate
Judge, Baltimore City, District 1, District Court of Mary-
land, 1985-93. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, July 30,
1946. Mercy High School; College of Notre Dame of
Maryland, B.A., 1970; Catholic University School of Law,
J.D., 1975. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1975. Member,
Maryland State, Baltimore City and Women's Bar Asso-
ciations. Member, Women's Law Center. Board of Direc-
tors, Library Company of the Baltimore Bar. Legal Aid
Bureau, Inc., 1975-80 (staff attorney, Domestic Law Cen-
ter; chief attorney, Mental Health Law Project, chief
attorney, Housing Law Center).
JAMES T. SMITH, JR. Associate Judge, Baltimore
County Circuit Court, 3rd Judicial Circuit, since 1985. Chair,
Steering Committee, Maryland Circuit Judges' Association,
1992. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, February 8, 1942.
Wheeling Jesuit College, B.A., 1964; University of Mary-
land School of Law, J.D., 1968. Admitted to Maryland Bar,
1968. Law practice, Smith, Johns & Smith, P.A., 1968-85.
Former Deputy Public Defender, District 8, Baltimore
County. Member, Baltimore County Council, 1978-85
(chair, 1982, 1985). Chair, Baltimore County Charter Re-