Governor names Cathell to Md.'s highest court

December 16, 1997|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF

Gov. Parris N. Glendening named longtime state Judge Dale R. Cathell of Worcester County to Maryland's highest court yesterday, replacing Judge Robert L. Karwacki, who retired in August.

With his elevation to the Court of Appeals, Cathell, 60, will have served on all four levels of the state's judiciary. Since 1989, he has been a judge on the Court of Special Appeals. Before that, he spent almost 10 years on the district and circuit benches.

"He has served with distinction at every level of our legal and judicial system, and he will be a welcome addition to the Court of Appeals," Glendening said.

A native of Berlin in Worcester County, Cathell began his career in 1968 with a general legal practice in Ocean City and was city attorney there from 1970 to 1976.

Gov. Harry R. Hughes appointed Cathell to the Worcester County District Court in 1980.

Cathell will represent the 1st Appellate Judicial Circuit, which takes in the nine counties of the Eastern Shore.

His appointment is subject to approval by the Maryland Senate during the legislative session that begins next month.

He would then go before Eastern Shore voters in 1998 in a retention election that would entitle him to serve until he reached the mandatory retirement age, 70.

Cathell is married and has three adult children.

Pub Date: 12/16/97

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