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Christopher B. Kehoe joins Maryland Court of Special Appeals

Judge Christopher B. Kehoe
In late December 2008, Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed Christopher B. Kehoe to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Judge Kehoe fi lls a vacancy in the First Appellate Circuit (Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties) created by the elevation of Judge Sally D. Adkins to the Court of Appeals. Judge Kehoe was sworn in as the state’s newest appellate judge on Jan. 21.

He may have been born in Washington, D.C., but Judge Kehoe grew up in Maryland and has been a resident of Talbot County since 1978. He attended Tufts University, where he graduated summa cum laude and earned entry into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He studied law at Duke University School of Law. After earning his law degree, he returned to Maryland, was admitted to the bar in 1978, and served as a law clerk to Judge Marvin H. Smith of the Court of Appeals until 1979.

Judge Kehoe has practiced law on the Eastern Shore throughout his career, and in 1983, became a partner with the COSA SealEaston law firm of Ewing, Dietz, Fountain and Kehoe, P.A. In addition to serving as a local government attorney, he had been a general practice lawyer in a rural community. He has a broad range of professional experience in his career, including a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation, as well as providing legal services to individuals, small and regional businesses and local governments. Before his appointment, he practiced law in the areas of local government, land use, real estate, business, trusts and estates, and alternative dispute resolution. In addition, he served as town attorney to the Town of Easton and the Town of Trappe.

Judge Kehoe has been active in efforts to sustain and improve the quality of the legal profession in Maryland as a member of the State Board of Law Examiners and as a lecturer. He has been a member of the faculty of the Maryland State Bar Association’s professionalism course for new lawyers in Maryland, and has taught numerous continuing legal education courses on local government and land use issues. He has also been a member of the Maryland Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee and the Court of Appeals’ Select Committee to Study the Ethics 2000 Amendments to ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. From 1999 to 2001, Judge Kehoe was vicechair of a Task Force on Regulatory Reform established by the Maryland General Assembly. He is a life member of the Maryland Bar Foundation, a member of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Committee on Laws, and a past president of the Talbot County Bar Association. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Trust.

“Mr. Kehoe has a deep commitment to public service, and exemplifies the highest standards in the legal profession, Gov. O’Malley said. “He is widely respected for his intelligence, fairness, patience, and integrity—attributes that will serve him well as an appellate judge.”

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Marching in Washington

Mark L. MumfordMark L. Mumford, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Kent County, led a marching unit during the Inaugural Parade for President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20. Mumford was the drum major for the Delaware Volunteer Fireman’s Association marching unit, which was invited to participate in the parade by Vice President Joseph Biden, whose home state is Delaware.

Amy Nickerson of the Kent County Circuit Court said, “It was a thrill to many in our community and beyond to see Mark march past the reviewing stand around 5:20 p.m. Our local newspaper, Kent County News, wrote a wonderful article about Mark a few weeks prior to the event. All of us have enjoyed listening to his stories about the day’s events. Those of us here in Kent who were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of his live performance were filled with such pride.”

Mumford, who is also the drum major for the Citizens Hose Company Band from Smyrna, Del., also marched in the 1997 Inaugural Parade for President William Clinton; but reports, “The event and energy of Jan. 20, 2009, was beyond belief and truly a once in a lifetime experience.”