- Claire A. Smearman, Esq.
- Lisa Gangi, PhD., J.D.
The Judicial Institute of Maryland was established in 1981 by the Court of Appeals of Maryland as the entity responsible for developing and conducting continuing judicial education programs for the Maryland judiciary. Today, the Judicial Institute is responsible for the continuing education of over five hundred judges and masters serving at all levels of the Maryland court system.
The mission of the Judicial Institute is to provide a comprehensive and innovative in-house educational curriculum for Maryland judges and masters, to identify and address emerging issues of importance to the courts, and to make the curriculum available in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Each year, the Judicial Institute offers approximately forty classes in its curriculum. Judicial Institute courses are taught on a volunteer basis by experienced Maryland judges, law professors and lawyers who are experts in their fields. Nationally recognized legal scholars and experts also participate as faculty when appropriate. All newly appointed judges participate in the New Trial Judge Orientation, an intensive, week long residential program.
The Judicial Institute is governed by a fifteen member Board of Directors appointed by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Board members serve two year terms and include judges from all levels of the Maryland judiciary, as well as law professors from the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore Schools of Law. The Judicial Institute staff of five consists of an Executive Director, a Deputy Director, a Program Manager, a Registrar, and an Administrative Assistant.