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Court of Special Appeals, 1967- 

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The Court of Special Appeals was created in 1966 by constitutional amendment (Acts of 1966, ch. 11, 12). Originally, five judges served on the court. Each was elected from a special appellate circuit. In 1970, special appellate circuits were abolished and one judge then was elected from each of the first five appellate judicial circuits, two from the Sixth Appellate Judicial Circuit representing Baltimore City, and two from the state at large (Acts of 1970, ch. 99).

The number of judges on the Court of Special Appeals has increased several times: from five to nine in 1970, from nine to ten in 1972 (Acts of 1972, ch. 361), from ten to twelve in 1974 (Acts of 1974, ch. 706), and from twelve to thirteen in 1977 (Acts of 1977, ch. 252). Currently, six of the thirteen judges are elected from the state at large.

The chief judge of the Court of Special Appeals is chosen by the governor from among those judges elected to the Court (Acts of 1966, ch. 11, 12).

1967-1972 Robert C. Murphy
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, October 9, 1926.  Attended Forest Park High School; University of Maryland; University of Maryland School of Law, LL.B., 1951.    Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1952.   Married Helen Theresa Murphy; three children, five grandchildren. 
1972-1976 Charles E. Orth, Jr.
Born in Baltimore, September 9, 1913.  Attended Friends School; Johns Hopkins University, A.B., 1935; University of Baltimore, LL.B., 1939.  Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1939.  Married, 2 children.
1976-1990 Richard P. Gilbert
Born in Baltimore, February 5, 1924.  Attended Mt. St. Joseph's High School; University of Baltimore, A.A., 1947; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1950, LL.M., 1954, LL.D. (Honorary), 1979.  Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1950.
1990-1996 Alan M. Wilner
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, January 26, 1937.  Attended Baltimore City College; The Johns Hopkins University, A.B., 1958, M.L.A., 1966; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1962.  Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1962.
1996-2007  Joseph F. Murphy
Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, January 9, 1944. Attended St.Bernard's High School, Fitchburg, Massachusetts; Boston College, A.B., 1965; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1969. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1969. 


Peter B. Krauser
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 5, 1947. Attended Northwestern University, B.A., 1969; University of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D., 1972. Admitted to Pennsylvania Bar, 1973; District of Columbia Bar, 1974; Maryland Bar, 1978; Virginia Bar, 1997
2017-2018 Patrick L. Woodward
Born in Bethesda, Maryland. Attended Landon School, Bethesda; Princeton University, A.B., 1970; Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 1973. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1973.


Matthew J. Fader
Born in Towson, Maryland, July 23, 1973. Attended University of Virginia, B.A. (history & government), 1995; Yale Law School, J.D., 1998. Admitted to Virginia Bar, 1998; Maryland Bar, 1999; Pennsylvania Bar, 2003; Ohio Bar, 2007.


E. Gregory Wells
Born in Washington, DC, June 28, 1961. Attended Gonzaga College High School, Washington, DC; College of William and Mary, B.A. (government), 1983; University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1986. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1987.

Dates Served
Charles Awdry Thompson 1967-1982
Robert C. Murphy 1967-1972
Thomas M. Anderson 1967-1972
James C. Morton, Jr. 1967-1983
Charles E. Orth, Jr. 1967-1976
Charles E. Moylan, Jr. 1971-2000
Jerrold V. Powers 1970-1977
J. DeWeese Carter 1971-1973
Richard P. Gilbert 1971-1990
W. Albert Menchine 1972-1977
Alfred L. Scanlan 1972-1973
Rita C. Davidson 1972-1979
John P. Moore 1973-1982
Thomas Hunter Lowe 1973-1984
David T. Mason 1974-1983
Ridgely P. Melvin, Jr. 1974-1981
Solomon Liss 1976-1984
James F. Couch, Jr. 1977-1982
Alan M. Wilner 1977-1990
H. Kemp MacDaniel 1978-1982
Edward O. Weant, Jr. 1979-1988
John J. Bishop, Jr. 1981-1996
John J. Garrity 1982-1994
William H. Adkins II 1982-1986
Paul E. Alpert 1982-1995
Theodore G. Bloom 1983-1996
James S. Getty 1983-1985
Rosalyn Blake Bell 1983-1993
Robert L. Karwacki 1984-1990
Robert M. Bell 1984-1991
William W. Wenner 1985-2000
Richard M. Pollitt 1986-1989
Robert F. Fischer 1988-1997
Dale R. Cathell 1989-1998
Arrie W. Davis 1990-2010
Glenn T. Harrell, Jr. 1991-1999
Diana J. Gribbon Motz 1991-1994
Joseph F. Murphy, Jr. 1993-2007
Ellen Lipton Hollander 1994-2011
James Patrick Salmon 1994-2010
James R. Eyler 1996-2012
Raymond G. Thieme, Jr. 1996-2000
Andrew L. Sonner 1996-2004
Deborah Sweet Eyler 1997-2018
James A. Kenney III 1997-2007
Sally D. Adkins 1998-2008
Peter B. Krauser 2000-2017
Mary Ellen Barbera 2002-2008
Clayton Greene, Jr. 2002-2004
J. Frederick Sharer 2002-2008
Timothy E. Meredith 2004-2020
Patrick L. Woodward 2005-2018
Alexander Wright, Jr. 2008-2019
Robert A. Zarnoch 2008-2015
Kathryn Grill Graeff 2008-present
Albert J. Matricciani, Jr. 2008-2014
Christopher B. Kehoe 2009-present
Michele D. Hotten 2010-2015
Shirley M. Watts 2011-2013
Stuart R. Berger 2012-present
Douglas R. M. Nazarian2013-present
Kevin F. Arthur2014-present
Andrea M. Leahy2014-present
Michael W. Reed2014-present
Daniel A. Friedman2014-present
Donald E. Beachley 2016-present
Melanie M. Shaw 2016-present
Matthew J. Fader 2017-2022
Steven B. Gould 2019-2021
E. Gregory Wells 2019-present
Terrence M. R. Zic 2020-present
Laura S. Ripken 2021-present
Rosalyn Tang 2022-present
Anne K. Albright 2022-present

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