NEIL EDWARD AXEL, Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 10, Howard County, February 4, 1997 to February 28, 2013. Retired February 28, 2013. Presiding Judge, Adult Drug and DUI (Driving under the Influence) Court Program. Member, Committee on Civil Procedures, District Court of Maryland, 1997-2015 (chair, 1999-2009). Member, Administrative Judges Committee, District Court of Maryland, 1999-2009. Board of Directors, Judicial Institute of Maryland, 2002-15. Co-Chair, Problem-Solving Courts Committee, 2011-13 (member, 2007-13; co-chair, drug treatment court oversight committee, 2007-13). Member, Judicial Inquiry Board, 2007- (acting chair, 2015); Task Force on Military Service Members, Veterans, and the Courts, 2012-14. Member, Education Committee, Judicial Council, 2016 (chair, judicial institute subcommittee, 2016-).

Chair, Drug Abuse Advisory Council, Howard County, 1979-82 (member, 1979-83). Member, Family Advocacy Council, Howard County, 1982; Task Force to Study the Laws and Procedures Pertaining to "Children in Need of Supervision," Howard County, 1983. Co-Chair, Family and Sexual Violence Coordinating Council, Howard County, 1997-. Chair, State Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, 1982-86 (member, 1981-86).

Born in New York, New York, October 19, 1949. Attended Roslyn High School, Roslyn, New York; Syracuse University, B.S. (business administration), 1971; Washington College of Law, The American University, J.D., 1974. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1974. Associate, Crawford & Goldberg, 1975-77. Partner, Goldberg & Axel, P.A., 1977-86. Sole practitioner, Neil Edward Axel, P.A., 1986-97. Member, Maryland State Bar Association; Howard County Bar Association. Member, American Bar Association, 1974-95; Montgomery County Bar Association, 1975-96. Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1975-97; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1978-87; Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, 1986-97; Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 1993-95. Board of Directors, Children of Separation and Divorce Center, Inc., 1991-95 (chair, 1991-94). Board of Directors, Maryland Special Olympics, 1993-99 (chair, 1994-96). Award of Distinction, Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, 1998. Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1999-. Distinguished Alumnus Award, Washington College of Law, The American University, 1999. Fellow, Bar Foundation for Howard County, 2003. Anselm Sodaro Judicial Civility Award, Maryland State Bar Association, 2005. Award of Excellence, Bar Foundation for Howard County, 2009. Criminal Justice Award, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, 2012.

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