CECIL COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

CHAIR, CONFERENCE OF CIRCUIT JUDGES


KEITH A. BAYNES, Chair, Conference of Circuit Judges, since January 2021 (vice-chair, 2019-20; chair, executive committee, 2021- (vice-chair, 2019-20)). Circuit Administrative Judge, 2nd Judicial Circuit (Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's & Talbot counties), since October 2, 2017; and County Administrative Judge, Cecil County Circuit Court, since January 1, 2014 (Associate Judge, January 21, 2011 to January 1, 2014). Presiding Judge, Adult Drug Court, since August 2011. Member, Problem-Solving Courts Committee, 2012-14, Maryland Judicial Conference. Member, Court Technology Committee, 2015-18, and Specialty Courts and Dockets Committee, 2015-20, Judicial Council. Member, Judicial Council, 2019- (circuit representative, 2nd Judicial Circuit, 2017-19).

Assistant Public Defender, District 3, Cecil County, 1980-86. Assistant State's Attorney, Cecil County, 1986-2011.

Born in Buffalo, New York, April 15, 1954. St. Vincent College, B.S. (political science), 1976. University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1979. Law clerk to Judge H. Kenneth Mackey, Cecil County Circuit Court, 1976-79. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1979. Associate, Eugene F. Herman, Esq., 1980-82. Sole practitioner, 1982-2011. Pro bono attorney, Cecil County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1996-2011. Member, Maryland State Bar Association, 1980-; Cecil County Bar Association, 1980- (president, 1999-2000). Member, Elkton Rotary Club, 1979-94 (president, 1989-90); Cecil County Chamber of Commerce, 2000-08 (board of directors, 2003-06). Member, Cecil County Republican Central Committee, 1990-2010.

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