Judgeship choices sent to governor

April 23, 1995|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

Two prosecutors from the state's attorney's office and two attorneys with private practices in Bel Air have been recommended to the governor for a Harford County Circuit Court judgeship.

The recommendations were made by the Harford Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, which interviewed 23 applicants last week for the new fifth Circuit Court judgeship.

The nominees sent to Gov. Parris N. Glendening are:

* Diana Andrea Brooks, an assistant state's attorney from Thomas Run, north of Churchville.

* John E. Kelly, a lawyer from Fallston.

* Thomas E. Marshall, a lawyer from Bel Air.

* Jay Elliot Robinson, Harford's deputy state's attorney from Forest Hill.

Mr. Glendening has no deadline for interviewing the nominees and appointing a new judge, Michael O'Malley of the Administrative Office of the Courts in Annapolis said last week.

Harford has four Circuit Court judges handling about 6,500 civil and criminal cases annually. A fifth judge would ease the load, especially when a judge is ill or on vacation.

The nine-member nominating commission allowed 20 minutes for each applicant's interview Tuesday. After a group discussion, they voted and sent their list of nominees to Annapolis.

The nominees provided this biographical information:

* Ms. Brooks, 37, has lived in Harford County for 13 years. She is a 1984 graduate of the University of Baltimore Law School.

She was a clerk for Circuit Judge Broadnax Cameron, now retired, for one year and was in private practice for one year with Cameron and Reed.

In 1987, she became an assistant state's attorney for Harford County, and for the past 6 1/2 years she has specialized in prosecuting serious felony cases.

Ms. Brooks is married and has a son, 15.

* Mr. Kelly, 50, has lived in Harford County for 26 years. He is a 1970 graduate of the University of Maryland law school.

Mr. Kelly was a clerk for Circuit Judge Albert P. Close, now retired, for one year and was an assistant state's attorney in Harford County for 4 1/2 years, prosecuting serious felony cases for two of those years.

In 1974, he became a civil lawyer for Harford County. He began private practice in 1979, specializing in civil law. Mr. Kelly is married and has two sons, 22 and 18.

* Mr. Marshall, 50, has lived in Harford County for 23 years. He is JTC a 1974 graduate of the University of Maryland law school, serving as a state assistant secretary of licensing and regulations while completing his education.

In 1976, he resigned the state position and helped form the law firm Hatem, Kelly, Baldwin and Marshall. That partnership was dissolved in 1984, and he helped form the firm Stark, Marshall and Cline in 1985.

His current firm, Stark and Keenan, evolved from the partnership in 1988 and specializes in civil and general business representation.

Mr. Marshall is married and has two daughters 24 and 14, and a son, 22.

* Mr. Robinson, 48, has lived in Harford County for 22 years. He is a 1973 graduate of the University of Maryland law school.

After graduating, Mr. Robinson worked one year for the Harford state's attorneys office as an investigator-coordinator. He became an assistant state's attorney in 1974.

Mr. Robinson has prosecuted serious felonies and for a time specialized in cases involving sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence. In 1983, Mr. Robinson became deputy state's attorney for Harford.

Mr. Robinson is married and has three daughters, 17, 15 and 13.

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