Chair, Conference of Circuit Judges, December 4, 2004 to December 4, 2008 (member, 1997-2010; vice-chair, 2003-04; executive committee, 2003-10). Member, Board of Directors, Judicial Institute of Maryland, 1991-95. Member, Judicial Compensation Committee, Civil Law and Procedure Committee, 1997-2000, Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, 2000-06, and Judicial Council, 2000-03, Maryland Judicial Conference. Member, Ad Hoc Committee on the Implementation of Family Divisions, 1997-2002. Member, Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 2000-05. Chair, Legislative Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 2001-10. Member, Judicial Cabinet, 2004-08.
Chair, National Conference of State Trial Judges, 2006-07 (vice-chair, 2004-05; chair-elect, 2005-06; member, 50th anniversary committee, 2009; past chair, criminal justice committee).
Member, Maryland Access to Justice Commission, 2008-14; Ad Hoc Committee on Sentencing Alternatives, Re-Entry, and Best Practices, 2010-12. Vice-Chair, Accountability, Compliance and Integrity Advisory Board, Prince George's County, 2011. Member, Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law, 2011-13. Co-Chair, Compensation and Charter Review Commission, Prince George's County, 2013-14. Member, Court Operations Committee, Judicial Council, 2015.
Administrative Judge, District Court of Maryland, 5th District, Prince George's County, 1987 (Associate Judge, July 12, 1985 to October 1987). Member, Special Joint Committee on Gender Bias in the Courts, 1987-89.
Assistant State's Attorney, Prince George's County, 1978-85. Member, Board of Visitors, Bowie State University (chair, 1985-2004).
Born in Washington, DC, September 4, 1940. Attended Dalzell, South Carolina, public schools. Served in U.S. Air Force, 1958. Prince George's Community College; Bowie State College, B.S. (political science), cum laude, 1975; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1978. Member, American Bar Association (conference chair; vice-chair, judicial division, 2010-11; member, jd/torts, trial & insurance practice task force, 2014-; chair-elect, senior lawyers division, 2015-); Maryland State Bar Association (board of governors, 1990-92; judicial administration section; litigation section; pattern jury instruction subcommittee); Prince George's County Bar Association (chair, continuing legal education committee, 1986-87; chair, special committee to review bar association committee structure, 1987-88; board of directors, 1983-88); J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association. Arbitrator, JAMS, Inc. Greenbelt Resolution Center, 2011-. Member, Executive Committee, University of Maryland Law School Alumni Association, 1986-92. Member, Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity; National District Attorneys Association; Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Instructor, Paralegal Studies, Prince George's Community College, 1985. American Inns of Court, Marlborough Chapter (master of the bench, 1988-90; president, 1990-91). President, Board of Directors, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2005-06 (vice-president, 2003-05). Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow, Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland School of Law, 2010. Chair, Bylaws Committee, 100 Black Men of Prince George's County, Inc., 2013. Chair, Patuxent District N.C.A., Boy Scouts of America, 1993-94. Chair, Board of Directors, Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Youth Organization, 1996. Member, Prince Hall Masons, Prudent Lodge no. 27 (worshipful master, 1971, 1972). Member, Jonathan Davis Consistory no. One, 33 degree, Mecca Temple, no. Ten Shriners. Outstanding Service Award, Patuxent District, Boy Scouts of America, 1994. Maryland Pro Bono Service Award, Pro Bono Service Center, 2002. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2002. Legal Excellence Award, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, 2005. Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland National Capitol Park Police, 2005. Pro Bono Publico, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2005-07. Distinguished Service Award, National Center for State Courts, 2006. President's Award, Prince George's County Bar Association, 2007. Advancement of Public Service Responsibility Award, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2012. Member and past chair, Parish Council, St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Landover, Maryland. Married; six children, five grandchildren. Died in Mitchellville, Maryland, November 21, 2017.
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