Ehrlich names 3 to Balto. County circuit bench

Baltimore & Region

October 18, 2005|BY A SUN REPORTER

A Baltimore County District Court judge and two attorneys in private practice in Towson have been appointed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to fill three vacancies on the county's Circuit Court bench.

The three -- Judge Robert E. Cahill Jr., Judith Ensor and Timothy J. Martin -- were among 15 people nominated to fill the seats of retiring Baltimore County Circuit Judges Robert E. Cadigan and J. Norris Byrnes, as well as the one new slot on the bench. Towson lawyer Philip Tirabassi, who was also a nominee for the Circuit Court seats and had been a finalist for last year's District Court openings, was named to replace Cahill in District Court.

With his appointment, Tirabassi, 50, a solo practitioner, will have to step down from his role as campaign manager for another circuit judge, Mickey J. Norman, who must run in next year's election to retain his seat.

District Court judges do not run for election, but the three new Circuit Court judges, like Norman, will have to mount campaigns next year to retain their seats.

Cahill, 48, spent 17 years in private practice and specialized primarily in complex civil litigation before being named by then-Gov. Parris N. Glendening to the District Court in 2000. His father, Judge Robert E. Cahill Sr., is a retired Baltimore County Circuit Court judge.

Ensor, 43, was a French teacher at St. James Academy in Monkton before receiving her law degree in 1988. She has been an attorney in the litigation section of the Towson law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston since 1990 and a partner there since 1998.

Martin, 60, has been in private practice since 1978, specializing in family law. He said he spent the first few years after graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law in the city and Baltimore County prosecutors' offices.

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