From the 2016 News Archive
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Three Maryland Carey Law Alumni Appointed to Bench by Gov. Larry Hogan

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan made three judicial appointments, naming Joseph M. Getty ‘96 to the Maryland Court of Appeals and Donald E. Beachley ‘80 and Melanie M. Shaw Geter ‘81 to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on June 1.

“We are very proud of our alumni and their recent appointments to our state’s highest courts,” said Dean Donald Tobin. “Maryland Carey Law has a long tradition of producing judicial leaders, which is shown by our representation on the bench.”

Getty was previously Hogan’s chief legislative officer. He has also been a member of both the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, serving as minority whip in both chambers and on various committees.

“Joe is a devoted public servant who has spent his entire career and a good portion of his life in service to his community and to our state,” said Governor Hogan in a statement. “His unquestionable integrity, deep legal expertise, and devotion to the people of Maryland make him an excellent fit for the state’s highest court. I have complete confidence that he will continue to be a strong advocate for the law and our citizens while serving on the Maryland Court of Appeals.”

Beachley previously served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Maryland and has worked in private practice as well. Prior to the appointment, Beachley was an associate judge in the Washington County Circuit Court.

Geter was also an associate judge, serving Prince George’s County Circuit Court. She is also a former Prince George’s County District Court judge and Prince George’s County prosecutor.

“I am also happy to offer my sincere congratulations to Judge Beachley and Judge Shaw Geter, who I am appointing to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals,” added Governor Hogan in the same statement. “Combined, they have more than 40 years of judicial experience, and are the most qualified candidates to fill these vacancies.”

The appointments took effect immediately. 


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