Ehrlich names two to Howard Circuit Court

July 26, 2005|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday appointed a District Court judge and an assistant attorney general to the Howard County Circuit Court.

Judge Louis A. Becker III and Richard S. Bernhardt have 30 days to take their seats on the five-member bench.

The pair - who replace James B. Dudley and Raymond J. Kane Jr., who retired in January and June, respectively - must run for election to a 15-year term next year.

Becker, of Ellicott City, has been a Howard District Court judge since 1989 and has recently acted as the DWI/drug court program's primary judge.

Previously, Becker practiced criminal and civil law and was a partner at the Columbia law firm of Becker, Spahn, Harvis, Fila and Colt. He graduated from Loyola College in Baltimore in 1965 and from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1970.

Bernhardt, also of Ellicott City, has been an assistant attorney general for the Maryland Insurance Administration's insurance fraud division since 2000, investigating complaints of insurance fraud and providing legal counsel.

Previously, Bernhardt was an assistant public defender in Howard County for 14 years and in Baltimore City for two years. Bernhardt graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1980 and earned his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1983.

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