Governor names 9 new judges to city, county posts Glendening fills 3 city slots, positions in five counties

November 25, 1998|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Gov. Parris N. Glendening named nine new judges yesterday, including three to Baltimore courts, and the son of the longest-serving state senator to the Baltimore County bench.

The governor also appointed judges for Howard, Prince George's, St. Mary's and Frederick counties.

Named to the city Circuit Court was Stuart R. Berger. Named to the city District Court were longtime assistant state's attorney Emanuel Brown and public defender George McQuade Lipman.

Norman Stone III, 40, will fill a vacancy on the Baltimore County District Court. His father, Norman R. Stone Jr., a well-known Democrat who represents eastern Baltimore County, is an attorney and president pro tem of the Maryland Senate. The elder Stone has held his seat since 1967.

"It's usually my father who gets the attention," the judicial appointee said. "I'm new at all this."

The younger Stone, who lives in Edgemere, is a member of a small law firm in Essex. He is a graduate of Archbishop Curley High School, Loyola College and the University of Maryland School of Law. He is married and has two children.

In 1990, he served as president of the Our Lady of Hope-St. Luke's school board in Dundalk.

Berger, 39, a Guilford resident, was one of three people appointed to the city bench. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert I. H. Hammerman.

A graduate of Park School, Bucknell University and the University of Baltimore School of Law, Berger is an attorney with the firm of Saul, Ewing, Weinberg & Green and specializes in criminal law.

"It was very, very exciting. It's a dream I've had my whole life," Berger said.

He said his appointment was announced to loud cheers yesterday afternoon at a law partners' meeting at the NationsBank Building in downtown Baltimore.

"Mr. Berger is a fine appointment and will maintain the diversity in the city," said state Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman, a Baltimore Democrat, of the governor's choice.

Brown, 45, a longtime Baltimore assistant state's attorney, was appointed to a judgeship created by the General Assembly this year.

Brown is a University of Maryland law school graduate and is chief of the sex offense unit in the city state's attorney's office, which he joined in 1985.

A member of the Air Force Reserve since completing active duty in 1975, he holds the rank of master sergeant. He is an active member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church.

"Emanuel Brown manifests all those qualities we hope to find in our judiciary -- honesty, integrity, temperance, competence and impartiality," said city State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.

George McQuade Lipman, 49, an Oakenshawe resident, was appointed to a judgeship created by the General Assembly this year. He is chief of the mental health division of the public defender's office and is considered an expert on mental health issues.

A 1976 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore law school.

In Howard County, Constantine James Sfekas was named to fill a District Court position created during this year's General Assembly session.

Sfekas, 45, an Ellicott City attorney since 1991, becomes Howard's fifth district judge.

In Prince George's County, Glendening appointed Maureen Lamasney, 47, and Herman Dawson, 44, to the District Court.

A public defender in Prince George's since 1977, Lamasney is a Catholic University law school graduate.

Dawson, a 1980 graduate of Howard University law school, has a private practice that includes domestic, criminal and civil litigation.

In Frederick County, Deputy State's Attorney Julie Stevenson, 40, was named to the Circuit Court.

A Frederick city resident, she is a 1983 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. In 1995, she received the Prosecutor of the Year Award from the Frederick County state's attorney's office.

In St. Mary's County, the gover- nor appointed veteran District Court Judge Charles Clarke Raley, 55, to a Circuit Court seat created by this year's General Assembly. Raley is a 1968 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law.

Appointees

Baltimore City District Court

* Stuart Berger, 39, attorney

* Emanuel Brown, 45, assistant state's attorney

* George McQuaid Lipman, 49, public defender

Baltimore County District Court

* Norman Stone III, 40, attorney

Howard County District Court

* Constantine James "Kit" Sfekas, 45, attorney

Other Circuit Court appointees

* Maureen Lamasney, 47, and Herman Dawson, 44, Prince George's County

* Julie Stevenson, 40, Frederick County

* Judge Charles Clarke Raley, 55, St. Mary's County

Pub Date: 11/25/98

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