In Brief

Robert N. McDonald Joins the Maryland Court of Appeals

Robert N. McDonald
Robert N. McDonald
In December, Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Robert N. (“Bob”) McDonald, the chief counsel of opinions and advice for the Office of the Attorney General, to the Court of Appeals. Judge McDonald was sworn in the following month to represent the Second Appellate Circuit (Baltimore and Harford counties) on Maryland’s highest court. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joseph F. Murphy, Jr.

Prior to his appointment, Judge McDonald served for approximately 15 years as the chief counsel of opinions and advice for the Maryland Office of the Attorney General. In this position, he wrote or edited all formal opinions of the Attorney General’s Office. He also provided less formal legal advice to all segments of state government on a wide array of issues. 

“Bob McDonald possesses one of the best legal minds in the entire state and has an impressive record of public service,” said Gov. O’Malley. “He is regarded by his peers as an expert in Maryland law as well as fair, impartial, and intellectually honest. He has already shown an ability to logically and thoroughly consider some of the State’s most important legal issues, and he has particular knowledge about how court decisions affect the operations of State government and the lives of Maryland’s citizens. I know that Bob McDonald will be an asset to the Court of Appeals.”

Robert N. McDonald sworn in

Prior to becoming chief of opinions and advice, Judge McDonald served as the Maryland Securities commissioner, chief of the Antitrust Division at the Office of the Attorney General, and principal counsel to the Maryland Department of Transportation. He also served for nine years as an assistant United States Attorney and executive United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. With the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge McDonald prosecuted fraud, white collar crime, narcotics, and espionage cases. He also has experience as a litigator in private practice. Mr. McDonald graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1977 and served as a clerk for Judge Frank A. Kaufman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

For his outstanding career of public service to the State of Maryland and the Office of the Attorney General, Mr. McDonald received the J. Joseph Curran, Jr. Outstanding Career Service Award in 2007.

 

Judge Barry G. Williams Heads Baltimore Circuit Court’s Criminal Division

Judge Barry G. Williams
Judge Barry G. Williams
Judge Marcella A. Holland, administrative judge for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, selected Judge Barry G. Williams to head the court’s Criminal Division.

As the judge in charge of the Criminal Division, Judge Williams is responsible for the assignment of judges and the management of the criminal docket. He also chairs the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Judge Williams has served on the bench since December 2005, and is a member of the Judiciary’s Technology Oversight Board. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1987, and was admitted to the Maryland Bar that same year. From 1987 to 1988, Judge Williams served as law clerk to Judge Arrie W. Davis, who was then a judge with the Baltimore City Circuit Court. From 1988 until 1989, he was law clerk to now Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, then with the Court of Special Appeals. Before joining the bench, Judge Williams prosecuted cases as an assistant state’s attorney for Baltimore City from 1989 until 1997. In 1997, he joined the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as a trial attorney until 2002, and as special litigation counsel from 2002 to 2005.

 

Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis Named Fifth Circuit Administrative Judge

Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis
Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Administrative Judge Nancy L. Davis-Loomis has been named administrative judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, which includes the Circuit Courts of Anne Arundel, Carroll and Howard counties. Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals designated Judge Davis-Loomis as the circuit administrative judge following the retirement of Judge Diane O. Leasure last November.

Judge Davis-Loomis oversees the administration of the courts for the three counties and supervises the county administrative judges within the judicial circuit. She may also perform any of the duties of a county administrative judge.

Judge Davis-Loomis served as a District Court judge from 1996 to 2000, when she was appointed as a Circuit Court judge. In July 2007, Judge Bell designated her as the administrative judge for Anne Arundel County, following the retirement of Judge Joseph P. Manck. She will continue to serve as administrative judge for Anne Arundel County, in which she supervises all judges, officers, and employees of Anne Arundel County Circuit Court; ensures the expeditious disposition of cases in the court; controls the trial calendar; and oversees the court’s budget and procurement functions.

After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Akron, Ohio, she graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1982. She was assistant county solicitor for Anne Arundel County from 1983-1986, and was in private practice with Cohen, Bennett, Greene & Davis-Loomis from 1986-1994. Judge Davis-Loomis is a member of several professional societies, and is a past member of the board of governors of the Maryland State Bar Association and past president of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association.

 

Judge Lenore Gelfman Named Administrative Judge for Howard County Circuit Court

Judge Lenore Gelfman
Judge Lenore Gelfman

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell has named Judge Lenore R. Gelfman as administrative judge for the Howard County Circuit Court. Judge Gelfman succeeded Judge Diane O. Leasure last fall upon her retirement from the bench.

Judge Gelfman received her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore in 1973 and began her legal career as an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore City. She was engaged in the private practice of law in Howard County until 1989, when she was appointed to the District Court for Howard County. In 1996, she began her term as a judge in the Howard County Circuit Court.

Judge Gelfman is a past president of the Howard County Bar Association and has been an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association. She is a director and fellow of the Maryland State Bar Foundation, a fellow of the Howard County Bar Foundation and a fellow of the Women’s Bar Foundation. She is also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she teaches trial advocacy. She is a designated ASTAR (Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource) judge.

 

Steve Anderson, Director of the Maryland State Law Library, to Lead National Law Library Organization

Steve Anderson
Steve Anderson
Steve Anderson, director of the Maryland State Law Library, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), a national professional association with more than 5,000 members. Anderson has been a member of AALL since 1996. He has been active with committees and chapter leadership roles, and served a term on the AALL executive board from 2005 to 2008.

Anderson joined the Maryland Judiciary in 2005 when he was named director of the Maryland State Law Library. Prior to that appointment, he served as director of research services for the Baltimore law firm of Gordon Feinblatt Rothman Hoffberger & Hollander, LLC. From 1995 to 1998, he was an associate librarian at the Baltimore County Circuit Court Library.

Currently a member of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission and the Conference of Maryland Court Law Library Directors, Anderson has been active in professional organizations throughout his career. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Maryland and his master’s in library science from the University of Arizona. Originally from California, Anderson earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley.