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Eight UM Carey Law Alumni Appointed to the Bench across Maryland

Eight  UM Carey Law alumni were amongst the 23 new appointments made by Governor Martin O’Malley ’88 to judicial posts across the state, including Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals. 

“The appointment of judges is one of the most important responsibilities of any chief executive,” said Governor O’Malley in a statement. “I take this responsibility seriously, and am pleased to announce today the appointment of twenty-three highly qualified, diverse candidates from across the State to serve on Maryland’s bench.”

The UM Carey Law Alumni are:

Kevin F. Arthur ‘87 – Maryland Court of Special Appeals
The Hon. Colleen Ann Cavanaugh ‘92 – Baltimore County Circuit Court
The Hon. Joyce M. Baylor-Thompson ‘86 – Baltimore City District Court
The Hon. Karen Friedman ‘95 (UM Carey Law Alumni Board Member) – Baltimore City Circuit Court
The Hon. Lawrence Vincent Hill Jr. ‘92 – Prince George’s County Circuit Court
Eric J. Nee ‘87 – Montgomery County District Court
Andrea R.S. Watkins ‘86 – Charles County District Court
Hayward James “Jay” West ‘98 – Charles County Circuit Court

“Maryland Carey Law has a long tradition of public service in the judiciary,” said Dean Phoebe Haddon.  “We are extremely proud of our alumni and their commitment to serving the citizens of our state.”

The announcement on February 24 brought the Court of Special Appeals to full capacity. Of the 15 judges now on the Court of Special appeals, nine were previously attorneys with only six being promoted from lower courts.

Commenting on the abundance of selections from the bar in a Daily Record article, William Reynolds, Jacob A. France Professor of Judicial Process, said he was surprised, but welcomed the diversity.

“They know what it’s like. They have recent real-world experience,” said Reynolds in the article.

[Read the Daily Record article here. Subscription required]


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