Judge, Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Maryland

  • October 2002 to March 2018
  • Administrative Judge, November 2005 to March 2018
  • Currently Senior Judge

JUDICIAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Founder and presiding Judge of the St. Mary’s County Adult Substance Abuse Recovery Court, 2009 to 2019.
  • Circuit Court Judges’ Association

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology- George Washington University – 1969
  • Juris Doctor – Catholic University of America – 1979

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT

  • Social Worker – Charles County Department of Social Services, 1970 – 1971
  • Employment Counselor – Work Incentive Program for Southern Maryland Tri-County area, 1971-1973
  • Social Worker – St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services, 1973-1976
  • Law Clerk – Briscoe, Kenney & Kaminetz, 1977-1979
  • Associate Attorney – Briscoe, Kenney & Kaminetz, 1980-1983
  • Private attorney, sole practitioner, 1983 – 2002

Nature of practice as an attorney: land use, zoning and other real estate matters, defense of traffic and
criminal offenses, contracts, collections, motor torts, corporate and administrative matters, domestic
and family law matters, estates and trusts. Represented many private and corporate clients over 23 years of practice, as well as the St. Mary’s County Board of Education, the St. Mary’s County Board of Elections, the St. Mary’s County Alcohol Beverage Board, St. Mary’s Nursing Center, St. Mary’s Home for the Elderly, and the Town of Leonardtown.

BAR ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • St. Mary’s County Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of Maryland
  • Maryland Bar Foundation

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • Recipient of the Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from St. Mary’s County Women’s Commission

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES (have included being a member of the following boards)

  • United Way of St. Mary’s County
  • St. Mary’s Nursing Center Foundation
  • Calvert Marine Museum & Calvert Marine Museum Society
  • Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust
  • Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation

VOLUNTEER LEGAL ACTIVITIES

  • Member of the Seventh Circuit Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Conference of Circuit Court Judges
  • Inquiry Committee of the Attorney Grievance Commission
  • Public Defender Regional Advisory Board
  • Attorney Character Committee for St. Mary’s County
  • Maryland Council of School Board Attorneys