Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 5, Prince George's County, January 3, 2003 to June 2006.
Judge, Orphans' Court, Prince George's County, August 18, 1986 to January 2, 2003. Member, Joint Committee on Judges of the Orphans' Court, 1989.
Member, Advisory Youth Action Committee, Prince George's County, 1972-77; Child Abuse Task Force, Prince George's County, 1973-74; Juvenile Court Advisory Committee, Prince George's County, 1977-86; County Executive Citizen Review Task Force, Prince George's County, 1982-83; Doncaster Youth Camp Advisory Board, 1986-92.
Born in Paxton, Illinois, November 10, 1947. University of Maryland at Munich, Germany, 1965-67; University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. (government & politics), 1969. Probation officer, Juvenile Services Administration, 1969-75. University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1974. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1975. Partner, Northrop, Walsh, Becker & Spears, 1975-2002. Member, Prince George's County Bar Association (chair, newsletter advisory board, 2011-). Adjunct professor, University of Maryland, University College (estates & trusts), 1996-. Lead author, Decedents' Estates in Maryland (1994). Gladys Noon Spellman Award for outstanding contribution to youth, 1985. President's Award for outstanding service to the community, Prince George's County Bar Association, 1987.
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