Member, Task Force on Missing Vulnerable Adults, 2004-05. Legislative representative, Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, Montgomery County, 2004-. Member, Task Force to Combat Driving under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol, 2007-08; Foster Care Court-Improvement Implementation Committee, 2007-12; Maryland Access to Justice Commission, 2008-14; Maryland Alcohol Safety Action Program Committee, 2010; Maryland Medical Marijuana Model Program Work Group, 2011-12; Commission on Child Custody Decision Making, 2013-14; Task Force to Study Implementing a Civil Right to Counsel in Maryland, 2013-14; Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission, Montgomery County, 2013-; Task Force to Study Sports Injuries in High School Female Athletes, 2014-15; Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council, 2015-16; Forensic Services Work Group, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2016; Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board, 2016-; Task Force to Study Erroneous Conviction and Imprisonment, 2017-18; Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 2019-.
Born in La Jolla, California, July 5, 1958. Attended St. Vincent Pallotti High School, Laurel, Maryland; Mount Vernon College, B.A. (public affairs & government; communications), cum laude, 1980; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1983. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1987; U.S. District Court for District of Maryland, 1990; District of Columbia Bar, 1993. Attorney. Senior Counsel, Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger, 2011-. Principal, Paley, Rothman, Goldstein, Rosenberg, Eig & Cooper, 1996-2011. Attorney, Quinn, McAuliffe & Dumais, 1989-96. High school teacher (U.S. history & government), St. Elizabeth Seton High School, Bladensburg, Maryland, 1986-87. Acting administrative assistant, Office of Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, 1987-88. Assistant to Dean, Graduate School, University of Maryland University College, 1988-89. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (section of family & juvenile law; special committee on citizenship law-related education program, 2007-); Montgomery County Bar Association (treasurer, 1997-98; co-chair, family law section, 1997-98; co-chair, new practitioners' section, 1990-92); Women's Bar Association of Maryland (president, montgomery county chapter, 1999-2000; executive committee, 1995-2002). Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1999-. Board of Directors, Montgomery County Bar Foundation, 1998-2006 (treasurer, 1998-99). Montgomery County Chapter, American Inn of Court (pupil, 1990-92; barrister, 1993-96, 1999-2002); Alan J. Goldstein Chapter, American Inn of Court, 1997-2000. Board of Directors, Summer Ridge Condominiums, 1991-99. Board of Directors, St. Vincent Pallotti High School, Laurel, 1998-2009 (vice-president). Board of Trustees, Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2003-; Citizenship for Law-related Education Program, 2003-. Member, District 15 Democratic Club; Women's Suburban Democratic Club. Recognized as one of top fifty divorce lawyers in metropolitan area, Washingtonian magazine, 2000, 2004, top fifty women lawyers, D.C. Magazine, 2010, top twenty-five women lawyers, Baltimore and Law & Politics magazines, 2008, 2009, 2010. Recognized for outstanding pro bono services, Catholic Charities Legal Services Network, 2001, 2004. Woman of the Year, Montgomery County Business and Professional Women, 2005. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2005, 2007, 2009 (Circle of Excellence). Legislative Policy Award, Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women, 2008. Legislative Policy Award, Maryland Chapter, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, 2009. Award of Special Recognition, Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 2010. Champion for Children, Department of Human Resources and Maryland State Bar Association, 2010. Beverly A. Groner Family Law Award, Family and Juvenile Law Section, Maryland State Bar Association, 2010. Rita C. Davidson Award, Women's Bar Association of Maryland, 2010. Dorothy Beatty Memorial Award, The Women's Law Center of Maryland, 2010. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2010. Legislator of the Year Award, Maryland Access to Justice Commission, 2011. Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award, Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 2017. Legislative Champion Award, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2018.
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