Appointments

Judge Keith Baynes leads Cecil County Circuit Court

Judge Keith A. Baynes was named Cecil County Circuit Court administrative judge Jan. 1. Judge V. Michael Whelan, who had served as administrative judge since October 2010, has returned to the bench full-time.

Administrative judges oversee the administration of the court, budget and procurement functions, and trial calendars to ensure the expeditious disposition of cases. They supervise the court’s judges, officers, and employees.

Judge Baynes received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1979 and was admitted to the Maryland Bar that year. He served as law clerk to Cecil County Circuit Judge H. Kenneth Mackey from 1976 1979. He is a member of the Maryland State and Cecil County bar associations, and is a past president of the Cecil County Bar Association.

Judge Tiffany Hanna Anderson Administrative Judge Prince George's County

Judge Tiffany Hanna Anderson appointed Administrative Judge for Prince George’s County District Court

On June 5, Prince George’s County District Court Judge Tiffany Hanna Anderson became the new administrative judge for District 5, Prince George’s County. Judge Anderson was appointed by Chief Judge John P. Morrissey to succeed Judge Thomas J. Love, who retired after 17 years on the bench. Judge Love was appointed in June 1997, and had served as administrative judge since May 2007.

Judge Anderson was appointed to the District Court of Maryland by Governor Martin O’Malley in August 2008. She serves on the Domestic Violence Subcommittee of the Judiciary’s Family Law Committee and the Criminal Law, Legislative, and Judicial Compensation Committees. Her assignments for District 5 have included domestic violence and criminal matters.

Judge Anderson is the first woman and first African-American woman to serve as administrative judge for the Prince George’s County District Court.

Judge Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and a Juris Doctor from the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law. In addition to her bar memberships, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and a member of both Leadership Greater Washington and Leadership Prince George’s, Inc.

Judge Althea M. Handy heads civil docket for Baltimore City Circuit Court

Judge W. Michel Pierson, administrative judge for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, appointed Judge Althea M. Handy to head the court’s civil docket. The appointment was effective Dec. 1.

“Judge Handy brings excellent leadership and management skills to this new assignment,” said Judge Pierson, who had been judge-in-charge of the civil docket since 2009. “I had the rare opportunity of appointing my successor, and I have every confidence in handing over these duties to Judge Handy.”

Judge Handy has served on the Baltimore City Circuit Court bench since December 2002. Before her judicial appointment, she was Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney from 1987-2002, where she was a senior prosecutor in the homicide division and division chief of the sex offense unit from 1999-2002. She earned her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1986.

Victoria Z. Sulerzyski Chief of Staff

Victoria Sulerzyski joins Judiciary as chief of staff

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera has named Victoria Z. Sulerzyski as her chief of staff. Sulerzyski, who had been with the law firm of Ober|Kaler in Baltimore, began her new duties with the Maryland Judiciary Jan. 13.

As chief of staff, Sulerzyski reports directly to Chief Judge Barbera and manages the daily operations of the chief judge’s chambers, including supervising staff, handling communications, inquiries, and scheduling, providing research, reviewing reports, advising, and, as directed, communicating on the chief judge’s behalf. The chief judge is the head of Maryland’s judicial branch and is responsible for the administration of the state court system, overseeing a budget of $468 million with nearly 300 judges and about 4,000 employees.

Sulerzyski’s private practice focused on estates and trusts, and assisting those individuals with special needs. Until her appointment as chief of staff, she was an associate at Ober|Kaler since October 2009.

Sulerzyski graduated from the University of Maryland in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and received a second bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from the University of Maryland University College in 1996. She earned her J.D. in 2005 from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She was an administrative assistant and law clerk for Court of Appeals Judge Alan M. Wilner (since retired) from July 2003-December 2006.

Dennis Scott Director of Human Resources

Judiciary welcomes new HR head

Dennis Scott joined the Judiciary in February as director of human resources. In announcing the appointment, State Court Administrator Pamela Harris said, “Dennis is a well-respected professional in his field, and brings with him a wealth of experience in all facets relating to managing human resources.”

Scott’s professional experience spans a variety of settings, from the federal government to colleges to hospitals and other private corporations. He received his undergraduate degree in sociology from California State University, a Master of Science degree in human resources from National Louis University, and a JD from the William Howard Taft University School of Law. Scott also has a number of certifications in human resources, including the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and International Personnel Management Association (IPMA).