By Allison Klein
Originally published July 18, 2002
Gov. Parris N. Glendening named two assistant state's attorneys - one an
Asian-American, the other an openly gay woman - as judges to the
Baltimore City District Court yesterday, saying the appointments are
"breaking down barriers."
Jeannie Hong will become the first Asian-American judge in Maryland
history, and Halee Weinstein becomes one of the state's few openly gay
They fill the vacancies created on the city bench by the retirements of
Teaette S. Price and John P. Miller.
"This is an historic occasion as we continue our commitment to ensure that
the Maryland judiciary is truly representative of the people it serves,"
Glendening said in a prepared statement. "The strength of Maryland is its
diversity, and with these two appointments we are celebrating that
diversity and breaking down barriers. I am confident Ms. Hong and Ms.
Weinstein ... will make Maryland a more fair, just and inclusive to live."
Hong, 36, a Korean-American, heads the Vehicle Analysis Network in
the state's attorney's office, and is the office expert on prosecuting
Weinstein, 40, assistant division chief at the state's attorney's Charging
Division, formerly specialized in domestic violence prosecutions.
Hong, who joined the state's attorney's office in 1994, has litigated cases
in the district, juvenile, misdemeanor and felony divisions of the office. She
began her legal career in 1993 as a staff attorney for the Maryland
Department of Human Resources/Child Care Administration.
Hong is married to Michael Shaw, an attorney, and they have two young
children. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and became a U.S. citizen
in October 1977.
Weinstein began her law career as a law clerk for Judge Elsbeth Bothe on
the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Before joining the state's attorney's
office in 1991, Weinstein worked for a private law firm.
She also served as a military intelligence officer in the Army from 1984
1986. She attained the rank of second lieutenant and was honorably
Weinstein's domestic partner is Shannon Avery, an assistant attorney
general in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General. They have two
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