Maryland Courts

Judges

S. James Sarbanes

County Administrative Judge, Wicomico County Circuit Court, 1st Judicial Circuit, since October 1, 2015 (Associate Judge, 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-.

Kathleen Leonard Beckstead

Associate Judge, Wicomico County Circuit Court, 1st Judicial Circuit, August 4, 2000 to September 18, 2010, and since October 1, 2015 (County Administrative Judge, September 18, 2010 to October 1, 2015).  Presiding Drug Court Judge-In-Charge, 2005-2013, 2015-Present.

Member, Business and Technology Court Case-Management Program Implementation Committee, 2001 and currently designated member of the Business and Technology Court for the 1st Judicial Circuit. Member of the Maryland Judicial Council’s Specialty Courts and Dockets Committee January 1, 2015 to present. 

Born in Galveston, Texas, July 28, 1961.  Villanova University, B.A. (political science), 1983; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1987.  Admitted to Maryland Bar December 22, 1987. Law clerk to Judge Alfred T. Truitt, Jr., and Judge D. William Simpson, Wicomico County Circuit Court 1987-1988.  Associate and Partner, Anthenelli & Otway, 1988-1996. Associate, Webster and Anderson 1996. Master of Domestic and Juvenile Law, Wicomico County Circuit Court, 1996-2000.

Member, Maryland State Bar Association (family & juvenile law section, 1997-present; family & juvenile law section council, 1999 (for two terms); Wicomico County Bar Association (vice-president, 1992; president, 1993; secretary, 1994, 1998; member to present).  Women’s Bar Association, Eastern Shore Chapter (founder, 1991; treasurer, 1992; president, 1998; member to present). Member, Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, 1st Commission District, 1995-1999. Member, Delinquency Prevention Board, and Local Management Board, Partnership for Families and Children 1999-2000, Wicomico County. National Association of Women Judges 2001 to present. Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation, 2001-Present. 

Maryland State Bar Association Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition (Mentor/Coach for The Salisbury School; 2009-present). Member Saint Francis De Sales Catholic Church.

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).

 

Information courtesy Maryland Manual Online