New Administrative Judges Named

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera has named several new administrative judges to oversee the administration of the courts, budget and procurement functions, and trial calendars to ensure the expeditious disposition of cases.

Judge Kathleen Gallogly Cox, Third Judicial Circuit

Judge Kathleen Gallogly Cox, Third Judicial Circuit

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Kathleen Gallogly Cox is the new administrative judge for the Third Judicial Circuit (Baltimore and Harford counties);

Judge Cox succeeds Judge John Grason Turnbull II, who retired in August. Judge Turnbull was appointed to the Circuit Court in June 1986, and had served as circuit administrative judge since 2001. Judge Cox has been on the Baltimore County Circuit Court bench since February 1999, and has served as judge-in-charge for juvenile court since 2001.

Judge Cox was a law clerk to Judge James R. Miller Jr., U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, from 1979-1981, then assistant federal public defender for the District of Maryland from 1982-1985. Before joining the bench, Judge Cox was in private practice and was a partner in Venable, Baetjer and Howard, LLP, from 1989-1999.

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Judge W. Michel Pierson, Eighth Judicial Circuit

Judge W. Michel Pierson, Eight Judicial Circuit

Baltimore City Circuit Judge W. Michel Pierson has been named administrative judge for the Eighth Judicial Circuit (Baltimore City).

Judge Pierson succeeds Judge Marcella A. Holland, who retires Nov. 30 after serving as a judge for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City since 1997 and circuit administrative judge since 2003. Judge Pierson was appointed to the Circuit Court for Baltimore City in 2004, and has been judge-in-charge of the civil docket since 2009, and a judge in the court’s Business and Technology Program since 2008.

Judge Pierson was a law clerk to Judge C. Stanley Blair, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, from 1973-1974. Before being appointed to the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Judge Pierson was in private practice beginning in 1974, and was a partner in the law firm Pierson and Pierson from 1978-2003. The emphasis of his practice was civil and criminal litigation, including trials and appeals in federal and state courts.

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Judge Paul A. Hackner, Fifth Judicial Circuit

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul A. Hackner has been named the new administrative judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit (Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Howard counties). Judge Hackner will also serve as the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court administrative judge.

Judge Hackner will replace Judge Nancy L. Davis-Loomis when she retires Jan. 1, 2014. Judge Davis-Loomis has been on the bench since 1996. She served as judge for the Anne Arundel District Court from July 1996 to August 2000, when she was appointed to the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. She has served as county administrative judge since May 2007, and became circuit administrative judge in November 2011.

Judge Hackner has been a judge for the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court since June 2002, joining that court after five years as a judge for the county’s District Court. He serves as a criminal case management judge and has been designated as one of the business/technology judges for Anne Arundel County. Judge Hackner has served as a member of the Judiciary’s Interpreter and Translations Committee and has been specially assigned to hear cases in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

Before becoming a judge, he practiced law in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties for 22 years, concentrating on complex civil litigation. He served in the State’s Attorney’s Office from 1976-1977 and in the Office of the Public Defender from 1985-1987.

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Judge Barbara Baer Waxman, District 1

Judge Barbara Baer Waxman, District 1

Baltimore City District Judge Barbara Baer Waxman is the new administrative judge for District 1, Baltimore City. Judge Waxman replaces Judge John R. Hargrove Jr., who is heading the new Judiciary Task Force on Pretrial Confinement.

Judge Waxman was appointed to the District Court in 1991. She served on various judicial committees, including the Bail System Task Force and the Mental Health, Alcoholism and Addiction Committee, and chaired the Criminal and Civil Law committees, Criminal Law and Motor Vehicle Committee, and Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. Judge Waxman has served on the Administrative Judges Committee since 1997.

Before she was appointed to the bench, Judge Waxman was assistant state's attorney for Baltimore City from 1981-1986, and chief of the District Court Division for the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office from 1986-1991.

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