New Judge in Charge of Civil Docket Named for Baltimore City
(Baltimore City, MD – June 20, 2005) Baltimore City Circuit
Court Administrative Judge Marcella A. Holland announced that Judge
Evelyn Omega Cannon has been designated the court’s judge in
charge of the civil docket effective today. The responsibility is
transferred to Judge Cannon from Judge Carol E. Smith, who served
as a District Court judge from 1985 to 1993, when she became a Circuit
Court judge. Judge Smith has been judge in charge of the civil docket
Sworn in as an Associate Judge on the court in December 1996, Judge
Cannon was appointed to the Business and Technology Case Management
Program for the Court in 2003. She currently chairs the Personnel
Committee for the court.
“Judge Cannon brings to this role a breadth of experience, and
a deep understanding of the issues our circuit court faces every day,”
Judge Holland said. “In addition, she is widely valued for her
leadership in the courts and the greater community.”
A native of New Orleans, Judge Cannon received her B.A. from the University
of New Orleans and her J.D. and L.L.M. from Duke University. After
a year at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia,
she was appointed to the faculty at the University of Maryland School
of Law. Prior to becoming a judge, she was Chief of Litigation for
the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.
Judge Cannon, who was recognized in May at the YMCA Leadership Lunch,
has been named twice as one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland by the
Daily Record. She is a fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation and a
member of the Judicial Institute’s board. Judge Cannon also
teaches trial advocacy throughout the country for the National Institute
of Trial Academy.
During Judge Smith’s tenure, she oversaw expansion of mediation
to other areas of civil law such as workers' compensation cases. Most
recently she has been working with the City bar to develop mediation
in certain motor tort cases. In addition, Judge Smith has been working
on a plan to expand e-filing to other civil cases, in addition to
the asbestos docket.
“Judge Carol Smith has led the civil division with strong decisive
determination to keep us among the best in the state in the timely
disposition of civil cases,” Judge Holland said.
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