Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, January 20, 1995 to September 2, 2008. Judge-in-Charge, Family Division, 1996-2001. Director, Business and Technology Case-Management Program, 2001-08. Vice-Chair, Family Violence Council, 1996-98. Member, National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges, 1996-2000. Member, Ad Hoc Committee on the Implementation of Family Divisions, 1997-2002. Member, Executive Committee, 1998-2000, Maryland Judicial Conference. Chair, Family and Domestic Relations Law Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 1998-2001. Member, Business and Technology Case-Management Program Implementation Committee, Conference of Circuit Judges, 2001. Member, Civil Law and Procedure Committee, 2001-07, and Judicial Council, 2003-05, Maryland Judicial Conference. Circuit Representative, 8th Judicial Circuit, Conference of Circuit Judges, 2002-06. Member, Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 2005-08.
Member, Mayor's Drug Abuse Advisory Council, Baltimore City (chair, 1983-85). Inquiry Panel, Attorney Grievance Commission, 1988-95. Member, Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, 8th Judicial Circuit, 1983-87; Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission, 1987-95.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, January 20, 1947. Villanova University, B.A. (English), 1969. Served in Maryland Air National Guard, 1969-75. University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1973; The Johns Hopkins University, M.L.A., 1975. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1974; District of Columbia Bar, 1976. Legal Aid Bureau attorney, 1974-80. In legal practice, Matricciani & Smith, then Clapp, Somerville, Honemann & Beach, Baltimore, 1974-95. Partner, Litigation Department, 1987-95, and Senior Counsel, 2014-, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston. Member, American Bar Association (house of delegates, 1998-2000; national conference of bar presidents, 1995-96; national conference of state trial judges, judicial division, 1995-); Maryland State Bar Association (board of governors, 1986-88, 1996-98; select committee on gender equality, 1991-96; litigation section council, 1998-; alternative dispute resolution section council, 2003-); Baltimore City Bar Association (executive council, 1984-87, 1990-2000; president, 1995-96). Member, Maryland Circuit Judges Association, 1995-2008; American Judges Association, 1996-2008; American Law Institute, 1997-; American Judicature Society. Board of Trustees, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL), 1993-94. Board of Trustees, University of Maryland Law Review, 1993-96. Member, Baltimore Coalition Against Substance Abuse, 1993-96. Board of Directors, Baltimore Courthouse and Law Museum Foundation, Inc., 1995-2000. Member, Supreme Court Historical Society, 1996-. Member, Friends of the Libraries Advisory Council, The Johns Hopkins University, 2004-. Founding member, American College of Business Court Judges, 2005. Advisor, Journal of Business & Technology Law, University of Maryland, 2007-. Member, Mayor's Leadership Advisory Group to End Homelessness, Baltimore City, 2008-; Judicial Advisory Board, Law and Economics Center, George Mason University School of Law, 2010-. Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1989-; American Bar Foundation, 1995-; Baltimore Bar Foundation, 1998-. Member, Serjeants' Inn Law Club (president, 1993-94); Wednesday Law Club; Lawyers' Round Table Law Club. Member, Maryland American Civil Liberties Union, (ACLU) (board of governors, 1983-90); Council on Equal Business Opportunity (board of directors, 1982-89); Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Maryland, Inc. (chair, board of directors, 1982-84); Corner Theater, Inc. (board of directors, 1982-83); Maryland Humanities Council (board of directors, 1998-2005). Board of Directors, Homeless Persons Representation Project, 2014-. Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland School of Law, 2003-. Cardin Pro Bono Service Award, University of Maryland School of Law Alumni Association, 1995. Rosalyn B. Bell Award for outstanding achievement in family law, Women's Law Center of Maryland, 2000. Anselm Sodaro Judicial Civility Award, Maryland State Bar Association, 2002. Maryland Top Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2004. James J. Hanks, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award, Business Law Section, Maryland State Bar Association, 2017.
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