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BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY CASE MANAGEMENT SUBCOMMITTEE
Sean D. Wallace, Chair, 2020

Under Specialty Courts and Dockets Committee, Business and Technology Case Management Subcommittee was organized in Jan. 2015, and concluded its work in 2020.

CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE
In Sept. 2001, joined with Family and Domestic Relations Law Committee and Juvenile Law Committee to form Family Law Committee.

CIRCUIT COURT DIFFERENTIATED CASE-MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Finished its work in 1998.

CIVIL LAW & PROCEDURE COMMITTEE
Staff: David R. Durfee, Jr. (410) 260-1405; e-mail:
david.durfee@mdcourts.gov

Appointed by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals, to 3-year terms:
John P. Davey, Chair (chosen by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals), 2015

Robin Gill Bright; Ronald B. Rubin. Terms expire 2015.

Sally D. Adkins; Douglas R. M. Nazarian; Mickey J. Norman. Terms expire 2016.

Civil Law and Procedure Committee was formed by Executive Committee of Maryland Judicial Conference.

COMMITTEE TO STUDY EXTENDED MEDIA COVERAGE OF CRIMINAL TRIAL PROCEEDINGS IN MARYLAND
Staff: Suzanne P. Delaney, Esq. (410) 260-1488

Appointed by Legislative Committee of Maryland Judicial Conference:
Nathan Braverman, Chair
Krystal Quinn Alves; Jean Szekeres Baron; Thomas C. Groton III; Diane O. Leasure; Emory A. Plitt, Jr.

A subcommittee of Legislative Committee of Maryland Judicial Conference, Committee to Study Extended Media Coverage of Criminal Trial Proceedings in Maryland began its work in Aug. 2007. Committee considered issues relating to appropriateness, feasibility, and usefulness of allowing television cameras in courtrooms to broadcast criminal trial proceedings in State courts.

Committee reported its findings on Feb. 1, 2008.

COURT INTERPRETATION & TRANSLATION SERVICES COMMITTEE
Staff: Deborah A. Unitus (410) 260-1256; e-mail:
deborah.unitus@mdcourts.gov

Appointed by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals, to 3-year terms:
Audrey J. S. Carrion, Chair (chosen by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals), 2015

Eugene Wolfe, 2014; Jo Ann Ellinghaus-Jones, 2015; Susan M. Souder, 2015; Paul A. Hackner, 2016; four vacancies.

Initially, Court Interpretation and Translation Services Committee was established by Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals in 2002. Also known as Court Interpreters Committee, Committee was reestablished by Administrative Order of Chief Judge of Court of Appeals on Oct. 18, 2012.

Committee's primary responsiblity was to advise Court Interpreter Services of Administrative Office of the Courts.

Nine judges were appointed to Committee by Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, who also designated Chair and Vice-Chair.

In Jan. 2015, reconstituted as Language Access Subcommittee of Court Access and Community Relations Committee.

COURT INTERPRETERS COMMITTEE
Restructured as Court Interpretation and Translation Services Committee in Oct. 2012.

COURTHOUSE EQUITY SUBCOMMITTEE
Under Court Operations Committee.

CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE COMMITTEE
Staff: David R. Durfee, Jr. (410) 260-1405; e-mail:
david.durfee@mdcourts.gov

Appointed by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals, to 3-year terms:
Pamela L. North, Chair (chosen by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals), 2015

Robert E. Cahill, Jr.; Melanie M. Shaw Geter; John Addison Howard. Terms expire 2014.

Shannon E. Avery; Gary E. Bair; Kathryn Grill Graeff; Althea M. Handy; James B. Sarsfield; E. Gregory Wells; Joseph L. Wright. Terms expire 2015.

Laura S. Kiessling; Daniel R. Mumford; Jerome R. Spencer. Terms expire 2016.

Criminal Law and Procedure Committee was authorized by Executive Committee of Maryland Judicial Conference.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Reorganized in Oct. 2000 as Judicial Council.

FAMILY & DOMESTIC RELATIONS LAW COMMITTEE
In Sept. 2001, joined with Child Support Enforcement Committee and Juvenile Law Committee to form Family Law Committee.

FAMILY LAW COMMITTEE
Staff: Connie L. Kratovil-Lavelle, Esq. (410) 260-1296; e-mail:
connie.kratovil-lavelle@mdcourts.gov

Appointed by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals, to 3-year terms:
Cathy Hollenberg Serrette, Chair (chosen by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals), 2015

Angela M. Eaves; J. Michael Wachs. Terms expire 2014.

Deborah Sweet Eyler; Larnzell Martin, Jr.; William R. Nicklas, Jr. Terms expire 2015.

Cynthia Callahan; Karen A. Murphy Jensen. Terms expire 2016.

In Jan. 2015, reconstituted as Domestic Law Committee.

GRANT ADVISORY WORK GROUP
Under Court Operations Committee.

JOINT RECORDS RETENTION WORK GROUP
Staff: Melinda K. Jensen (410) 260-1240; e-mail:
melinda.jensen@mdcourts.gov

James R. Eyler, Chair
Amy D. Bosley; Brittanie A. Collier; Nicole Di Fonzi; Maria R. Fields; Melinda K. Jensen; Debra L. Kaminski; Sarah R. Kaplan; Jennifer R. Keiser; Dawne D. Lindsay; Scott MacGlashan; Lisa I. Ritter; Norman R. Stone III; Dennis J. Weaver.

Joint Records Retention Work Group formed in January 2015.

Work Group reviewed existing record retention schedules to ensure that all units of Judiciary have updated their schedules.

JUDICIAL COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
Staff: Pamela Q. Harris (410) 260-1295; e-mail:
pamela.harris@mdcourts.gov

Clayton Greene, Jr., Chair (chosen by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals)

Elected by Court of Appeals: Clayton Greene, Jr.

Elected by Court of Special Appeals: Michele D. Hotten

Elected by Circuit Courts: James A. Kenney III; Daniel M. Long; Julie R. Stevenson Solt; two vacancies.

Elected by District Court of Maryland: Tiffany H. Anderson; H. Richard Duden III; W. Louis Hennessy; two vacancies.

Ex officio: Mary Ellen Barbera, Chief Judge, Court of Appeals

Judicial Compensation Committee was begun by Executive Committee of Maryland Judicial Conference.

JUDICIAL INSTITUTE OF MARYLAND
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Claire A. Smearman, Esq., Executive Director (chosen by Board of Directors) (410) 260-3657; e-mail:
claire.smearman@mdcourts.gov
web: www.mdcourts.gov/judicialinstitute/index.html

Robert N. McDonald, Chair (chosen by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals, 3-year term), 2016

Appointed by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals, to 2-year terms: Donald E. Beachley; Wendy A. Cartwright; Brian D. Green; Renee M. Hutchins, J.D.; James A. Kenney III; Patrice E. Lewis; Jane C. Murphy, J.D.; Brett W. Wilson; Dorothy J. Wilson. Terms expire 2016.

Neil E. Axel; Michael D. Mason; Christopher L. Panos; Julia B. Weatherly; Patrick L. Woodward. Terms expire 2017.

In 1981, Judicial Institute of Maryland was established by Administrative Order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. Institute developed, provided, and evaluated comprehensive, diverse and cost-effective continuing legal education for judges of Maryland. It was responsible to Maryland Judicial Conference for all judicial education and training.

Institute was governed by fifteen-member Board of Directors, appointed by Chief Judge of Court of Appeals. While chair and retired judge member served at pleasure of Chief Judge, Board's other members served two-year terms. Board named Executive Director and Deputy Director (Administrative Order of June 30, 2011; Maryland Rules, Rule 18-601).

Abolished in Nov. 2015. Institute was replaced by Judicial Education within Judicial College of Maryland under Administrative Office of the Courts.

JUVENILE LAW COMMITTEE
In Sept. 2001, joined with Child Support Enforcement Committee and Family and Domestic Relations Law Committee to form Family Law Committee.

MENTAL HEALTH, ALCOHOLISM & ADDICTION COMMITTEE
Staff: Robert L. Pointer (410) 260-3619; e-mail:
rpointer@mdcourts.gov

Appointed by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals, to 3-year terms:
George M. Lipman, Chair (chosen by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals), 2015

Louis A. Becker III; Patrice E. Lewis; Stephen J. Sfekas; Ronald A. Silkworth. Terms expire 2014.

Janice R. Ambrose; Alison L. Asti; Dana Moylan Wright. Terms expire 2015.

Mimi R. Cooper; Brian D. Green; Robert W. Heffron, Jr.; Bonnie Gullatt Schneider. Terms expire 2016.

Mental Health, Alcoholism and Addiction Committee was initiated by Executive Committee of Maryland Judicial Conference.

In Jan. 2015, functions of Committee were assigned to Mental Health, Alcoholism, and Addiction Subcommittee of Specialty Courts and Dockets Committee.

PREPARATION OF CLERK OF COURT ACCOUNTING MANUAL WORK GROUP

PREPARATION OF JURY FINANCE MANUAL WORK GROUP

PROBLEM-SOLVING COURTS COMMITTEE
Gray Barton, Executive Director (410) 260-3617; e-mail:
gray.barton@mdcourts.gov
Jennifer L. Moore, Deputy Executive Director (410) 260-3618; e-mail: jennifer.moore@mdcourts.gov
web: www.mdcourts.gov/opsc/index.html

Appointed by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals:
Nicholas E. Rattal, Co-Chair, 2014

Thurman H. Rhodes; Michael J. Stamm. Terms expire 2014.

Keith A. Baynes; Mimi R. Cooper; Lawrence V. Hill, Jr.; Dana Moylan Wright. Terms expire 2015.

Kathleen L. Beckstead; Sylvester B. Cox; Herman C. Dawson; Nelson W. Rupp, Jr. Terms expire 2016.

In Jan. 2015, reformed as a subcommittee of Specialty Courts and Dockets Committee.

PROFESSIONALISM CENTER SUBCOMMITTEE
Under Education Committee.

PUBLIC AWARENESS COMMITTEE
Staff: Angelita Y. Plemmer Williams and Terri Bolling (410) 260-1488

Appointed by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals, to 2-year terms:
Pamila J. Brown, Chair (chosen by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals), 2014

Joan B. Gordon. Term expires 2014.

Toni E. Clarke; Ruth A. Jakubowski; Mark T. O'Brien; Karla N. Smith; Beverly J. Woodard. Terms expire 2015.

Melissa K. Copeland; Lenore R. Gelfman; Kathleen G. Cox; Karen C. Friedman; Pamela J. White. Terms expire 2016.

In Jan. 2015, reformed as Court Access and Community Relations Committee.

RESEARCH & GRANTS SUBCOMMITTEE
Thomas G. Ross, Chair

On May 20, 2015, the Judicial Council approved formation of the Research and Grants Subcommittee under the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Alternative dispute resolution research that is conducted by, or on behalf of, the Maryland Judiciary is monitored by the Research and Grants Subcommittee, which assists in disseminating information about that research within the Judiciary and to its justice partners. The Subcommittee also reviews published research by others in the field, recommends research that may be beneficial to the courts, and makes programmatic recommendations based on the findings of research. Further, the Subcommittee reviews information about grants related to alternative dispute resolution, which are received or awarded by the Judiciary.

RETIRED & RECALLED JUDGES COMMITTEE
In Aug. 2016, renamed Senior Judges Committee (Administrative Order, August 25, 2016).

RETIREMENT PROCESS & PROCEDURES SUBCOMMITTEE
Philip T. Caroom, Chair

Under Senior Judges Committee of Judicial Council, disbanded in 2020.

SENTENCING GUIDELINES ADVISORY BOARD
Board functions assumed by State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy in July 1999 (Chapter 648, Acts of 1999).

TRIAL COURT CLERKS WORKLOAD STUDY ADVISORY WORK GROUP

TRUANCY COURT WORK GROUP
Appointed by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals:
Jamie H. Hueston, Chair
Lauren B. Abramson, Ph.D.; Barbara A. Babb, J.D.; Marielsa A. Bernard; Nathan Braverman; Frank V. Broccolina; Vicki Carter; Joseph I. Cassilly, Esq.; Norman H. Conway; David Crumpton; Gloria Danziger, J.D.; Donald W. DeVore; Joan C. Dudley, Esq.; Nancy S. Forster; Melanie M. Shaw Geter; Lisa A. Gladden; Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D.; Lauren Kallins, Esq.; Mary M. Kent, Esq.; Maureen M. Lamasney; Daniel M. Long; Kristen M. Mahoney; Doyle L. Niemann; Pamela C. Ortiz, Esq.; Victor R. Ramirez; Richard D. Scott; Leah J. Seaton, Esq.; Cathy Hollenberg Serrette; David W. Young.

Under Problem-Solving Courts Committee, Work Group completed its work in early 2008.

VIDEO CONFERENCING WORK GROUP
Under Court Technology Committee.

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