Adkins named to high court

May 28, 2008|By Laura Smitherman

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced yesterday the appointment of Judge Sally D. Adkins to the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.

Adkins, 58, has served for a decade on the Court of Special Appeals, the state's intermediate-level appellate court, and written more than 140 published opinions. She will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Dale R. Cathell, who was appointed to the post by Gov. Parris N. Glendening. She will represent the 1st Appellate Circuit for the Eastern Shore.

O'Malley, a Democrat, said in a statement yesterday that Adkins is "highly regarded for her keen intelligence, her meticulous preparation, her genuine concern for the parties who appear before her, and her willingness to keep an open mind."

Adkins graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1975 and became the first woman to serve as a circuit court judge on the Eastern Shore when she was named to the bench by Glendening in 1996. Before then, she had been in private practice and handled civil law matters that included divorce, custody, contract disputes and employment cases.

She would be O'Malley's second appointment to the high court.

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