(The Daily Record’s 2012 honorees for “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” included: Sharon V. Burrell, Circuit Court for Montgomery County; Judge Kathleen G. Cox, Circuit Court for Baltimore County; Judge Cathy Hollenberg Serrette, Circuit Court for Prince George’s County; Kathy P. Smith, Calvert County Circuit Court; Judge Lynn K. Stewart, Circuit Court for Baltimore City (Circle of Excellence); and Judge Sheila R. Tillerson Adams, Circuit Court for Prince George’s County.

Caroline County Circuit Judge Karen Murphy Jensen received the “Women and Girls Fund Award” from the Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore at its annual luncheon on April 30. Judge Murphy received the group’s highest honor “in recognition of her work to ensure that everyone rich or poor should have access to justice.” Judge Jensen, the county administrative judge, serves as the presiding judge of both the adult and juvenile drug courts in Caroline County.

Howard County’s DWI court was visited by National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member Dr. Mark Rosenkind and Diane Wigle, chief of the NTSB’s Impaired Driving Division to observe Howard County District Judge Neil E. Axel and the DWI court team. Rosekind called it a “powerful display,” praised the teamwork, and noted, “After hearing and reading about the unique and comprehensive approach used by DWI courts, seeing one in action exceeded all of our expectations.”

The Daily Record’s annual “Outstanding Leaders in Law” honorees included: Judge Vicki Ballou-Watts, Baltimore County Circuit Court; Judge Audrey J.S. Carrion, Baltimore City Circuit Court; Judge Angela Eaves, Harford County Circuit Court; Judge Marcella A. Holland, Baltimore City Circuit Court; and Judge Shirley M. Watts, Court of Special Appeals.

During Maryland Legal Aid’s Centennial Celebration, the organization recognized Champions of Human Rights and Justice “to honor those who over the last century contributed their energy and skills to further justice.” The top 25, selected by Legal Aid for their outstanding achievements, included Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Maryland Court of Appeals; Judge William O. Carr, Harford County Circuit Court; Judge Angela M. Eaves, Harford County Circuit Court; Judge Albert J. Matricciani, Jr., Court of Special Appeals; and Judge Pamela J. White, Baltimore City Circuit Court. Other champions recognized by Legal Aid during the Centennial Celebration included State Court Administrator Frank V. Broccolina; retired Judge Charlotte Cooksey, Baltimore City District Court; … former Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Andre Davis, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Judge Deborah Sweet Eyler, Court of Special Appeals; retired Judge Kathleen O’Ferrall Friedman, Baltimore City Circuit Court; … Judge Karen Murphy Jensen, … retired Judge David B. Mitchell, Baltimore City Circuit Court; JoAnn Asparagus Murray, Esq., master, Caroline County Circuit Court; … Pam Ortiz, Esq., executive director, Maryland Access to Justice Commission; retired Judge Irma S.Raker, Court of Appeals, and chair, Maryland Access to Justice Commission; Robert J. Rhudy, Esq., director, Court of Special Appeals Office of Mediation; Judge Cathy Hollenburg Serrette, Prince George’s County Circuit Court; retired Judge Carol E. Smith, Baltimore City Circuit Court; retired Judge Dennis M. Sweeney, Howard County Circuit Court; and Judge Martin P. Welch, Baltimore City Circuit Court. Champions who were recognized posthumously included Judge H. Hamilton Hackney and Judge Joseph C. Howard, Sr.

Judge Marielsa A. Bernard, Circuit Court for Montgomery County, received the “Inspiring Leader Award” from the Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation. She also received the “Leadership Award” at the Eighteenth Annual Awards Celebration from the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association.

Judge Audrey J.S. Carrion, Baltimore City Circuit Court, received the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association’s “Outstanding Achievement Award” at the MHBA’s Eighteenth Annual Awards Celebration.

Retired Court of Special Appeals Judge Arrie W. Davis and Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, and former Baltimore City Circuit Judge William H. “Billy” Murphy, Jr., were inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Bar Association (NBA), the nation’s largest African-American bar association. Judge Bell also received the NBA’s Hastie Award, named for Judge William H. Hastie, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1949 to 1971.

Clerk of the Court of Appeals Bessie M. Decker, Clerk of the Court of Special Appeals Leslie D. Gradet, and Cynthia Rapp, deputy clerk for the Supreme Court of the United States, co-hosted the 38th Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks in Annapolis.

Judge Judith C. Ensor, Baltimore County Circuit Court, was elected president of the board of trustees of St. Paul’s School for Girls in Brooklandville.

Katherine Hager, Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court, successfully completed the Michigan State University Judicial Administration Program Noncredit Certificate, and was noted for excellence in her coursework and final capstone project.

Pamela Q. Harris, court administrator for the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, was appointed to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).

Judge James L. Mann, Jr., Baltimore City District Court, received the “Man for All Seasons” award from Baltimore’s St. Thomas More Society.

Judge Catherine Curran O’Malley, Baltimore City District Court, received the Forerunner Award from the Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation for being “a steadfast advocate for the rights of victims of domestic violence.”

Herbert Williams, Jr., Prince George’s County District Court bailiff, published a book that was inspired by his job as a bailiff and his other life’s work as a pastor, hearing cases in court and in drug court and “witnessing defendants’ struggles with recovery.”

Maryland People’s Law Library received the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award, which honors an entity or organization not regularly engaged in the delivery of legal services to low-income persons. The People’s Law Library website provides legal and self-help information on Maryland and federal law affecting low- and moderate-income Marylanders and their families, and has been maintained by the Maryland State Law Library since 2007.

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