Associate County Attorney, Prince George's County, 1989-92 (lead counsel to department of environmental resources). Special Assistant and Environmental Policy Advisor to County Executive, Prince George's County, 1992-95.
Chief Legal Counsel and Director, Office of Legal Counsel and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Governor, 1995-99. Member, Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 1997-98.
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, 1999-2001. Member, Governor's Council on the Status of Girls, 2001.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland. Catholic University, B.A. (music & politics), 1983; Mozarteum Academy of Music, Salzburg, Austria, 1984 (guest student, piano performance); Washington College of Law , J.D., 1987 Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1989. Of Counsel, Business Litigation Division, Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP, 2001-06. Managing Member, Leahy & DeSmet, LLC, 2006-14. Member, American Bar Association, 1989-92, 2012- (public contract law section, 2012-15; appellate judges conference, 2018-); Maryland State Bar Association (co-chair, oral history project, 2004; chair, administrative law section council, 2007, member, 1998-2017; construction law section council, 2016-; litigation section council, 2020-); Howard County Bar Association, 2011-; Prince George's County Bar Association, 1989-2000, 2006-13; Women's Bar Association, 1991-2002, 2007-. Member, American Society of International Law, 1986-96. Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1998- (board of directors, 2016-). Member, Women's Bar Association Foundation, 2007-14 (board of directors; chair, finding justice project, 2008-14). Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2020-. Member, Fundraising Committee, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, 2003-05; J. Dudley Diggs Inns of Court, 2002-15; Wrangler's Law Club, 2015-; James McGill Inn of Court, 2016- (board of trustees, 2017-; president, 2018-19). Member, Urban Consortium Task Force, Public Technology Inc., 1992-93. Board of Directors, Pallotti High School, 1994-2000; Women of Achievement in Maryland History, Inc., 1995-2003. Administrative Board, Maryland Catholic Conference, 2000-07. Board of Directors, Morton Street Dance Theater Foundation, 2001-02; St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, 2006; Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association, 2006-10. Author, The United Nations' Role in International Regional Decision Making, Proceedings of the American Society of International Law: 1986 Summary of Panel Proceedings; How One State Enhanced Diversity on the Bench - The Merit Selection Process in Maryland, The Judge's Journal, ABA, Nov. 2009; Hearsay and Abuse: Where Past Is Present, University of Baltimore Law Review, Fall 2018. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2005, 2007, 2013 (Circle of Excellence). Maryland's Top 40 Legal Elite, Baltimore SmartCEO Magazine, 2005, 2006. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2010. Maryland's Top 100 Women Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013. Maryland's Top 50 Women Lawyers, Baltimore Magazine, 2013.
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