Maryland Courts


Kathleen Leonard Beckstead

County Administrative Judge, Wicomico County Circuit Court, 1st Judicial Circuit, since August 4, 2000.

Master of Domestic and Juvenile Law, Wicomico County Circuit Court, 1996-2000. Member, Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, 1st Commission District, 1999-; Delinquency Prevention Board, and Local Management Board, Partnership for Families and Children, Wicomico County.

Born in Galveston, Texas, July 28, 1961. Villanova University, B.A. (political science), 1983; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1987. Law clerk to Judge Alfred T. Truitt, Jr., and Judge D. William Simpson, Wicomico County Circuit Court. Attorney, Anthenelli & Otway, 1988-96 (partner, 1994-96). Admitted to Maryland Bar. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (family & juvenile law section, 1997-; family & juvenile law section council, 1999-); Women's Bar Association, Eastern Shore Chapter (founder, 1991; treasurer, 1992; president, 1998); Wicomico County Bar Association (vice-president, 1992; president, 1993; secretary, 1994, 1998). Member, First Thursday Law Group.

W. Newton Jackson III

Associate Judge, Wicomico County Circuit Court, 1st Judicial Circuit, since January 16, 2004. Member, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Judicial Process, 2002-04. Designated Judge for Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource (ASTAR) Center Program, 2005-.

Born in Salisbury, Maryland, December 1, 1945. Gettysburg College, B.A., 1967. University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1970. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1970. Member, Maryland State Bar Association; Wicomico County Bar Association. Attorney, Webb, Burnett, Jackson, Combrooks, Wilber, Vorhis & Douse (associate, 1970-76; partner, 1977-2003). Member, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, 1995-. Fellowship, Rotary International Group Study Exchange, Chile, 1982.

Leah Jane Seaton

Associate Judge, Wicomico County Circuit Court, 1st Judicial Circuit, since June 17, 2011. Member, Legislative Subcommittee, Foster Care Court-Improvement Implementation Committee. Member, Juvenile Subcommittee of Family Law Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 2006-.

Hearing examiner, Department of Human Resources, 1982. Administrative Law Judge, Office of Administrative Hearings, 1997-2005. Member, Wicomico Partnership for Families and Children (Local Management Board), 2005-08. Master of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Causes, Wicomico County Circuit Court, 2005-11. Co-Chair, Wicomico County Juvenile Coordinating Council, 2005-.

Born in Frederick, Maryland, October 4, 1956. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. (history), 1978; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1981. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1982. Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., 1985-92 (staff attorney, 1982-85, 1992-94). Sole practitioner, 1994-97. Member, American Bar Association, 2002-; Maryland State Bar Association, 1982- (family & juvenile law section, 2008-); Frederick County Bar Association, 1982-85; Wicomico County Bar Association, 1992-; Women's Bar Association of Lower Eastern Shore, 2008-. Member, National Council of Juvenile and Family Law Judges, 2007-. Member, Green Hill Yacht and Country Club, 1993-2008. Member, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1992- (secretary, church vestry, 1996-97).

S. James Sarbanes

Associate Judge, Wicomico County Circuit Court, 1st Judicial Circuit, since March 21, 2014.

Member, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Judicial Process, 2002-04.

Born in Salisbury, Maryland, August 1, 1970. Salisbury University, B.S., 1993; Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1999. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1999. Law clerk to Judge Daniel M. Long, Somerset County Circuit Court, 1999-2000; Judge Dale R. Cathell, Court of Appeals, 2000-02. Associate, Adkins, Potts and Smethurst, LLP, 2002-05. Partner, Laws & Sarbanes, P.A. Member, Maryland State Bar Association, 1999- (construction law section; real property section); Wicomico County Bar Association, 2003-. President, Life Crisis Center, 2006-07 (member, 2004-10). Board of Directors, Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, 2008-10 (member, 2005-). Member, Wicomico County Optimist Club, 2002- (vice-president, 2005); Salisbury Elks Club, 2011-. Baseball coach, Naamans Little League, 1994; Delaware American Legion Baseball, 1995; Optimist Little League, 2000; Fruitland Little League, 2011-; Man Up Baseball, 2012-. Member, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1980-.


Information courtesy Maryland Manual Online