Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday announced 10 new judicial appointments for district and circuit courts in Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore counties.
Local judicial nominating commissions recommended the judges to O’Malley, who said in a prepared statement that the diverse group “will bring to the bench a true commitment to public service and a wide range of legal expertise.” The appointments are some of O’Malley’s last official acts as governor. He leaves office Jan. 21.
The new judges include a member of the House of Delegates, a deputy state’s attorney for Montgomery County, prosecutors and private lawyers.
Anne Arundel County: O’Malley appointed Glenn Louis Klavans and Del. Cathleen M. Vitale (R) to serve in the circuit court. Klavans served as a prosecutor for Baltimore City for 10 years before opening the private practice he has run for 15 years. Vitale, who represents District 33 covering Anne Arundel since 2010, runs her own practice in Glen Burnie focusing on mediation and civil and family law.
O’Malley selected Laura Marie Robinson for the county’s district court. A former prosecutor for Anne Arundel, Robinson is a lawyer at Lessans, Praley & McCormick, P.A.
Baltimore County: Kevin Yvonne Thomas Wiggins, who has been a prosecutor in Baltimore City for the past 14 years, will become a judge in the county’s district court.
Howard County: O’Malley appointed Mary Morton Kramer to serve in the circuit court, where she has been serving as a Master in Chancery since 2004. Kramer previously heard cases related to families, children and juveniles.
Montgomery County: Judge Karla Natasha Smith will move from her bench in the District Court for Montgomery County, where she has been serving since 2012, to circuit court. She previously served as a prosecutor in Montgomery. John Michael Maloney will join Smith on the circuit court. For the past seven years, Maloney has been serving as one of the county’s two deputy state attorneys. He also served 18 years as a prosecutor in Prince George’s County, where he led the homicide unit for four years.
Williams previously worked in the Office of the Attorney General in Washington. Reed, who has had a private practice since 1999, previously served as a panel attorney in various courts throughout Maryland and the District.
Prince George’s County: Katina Self Steuart will become a judge in the county’s district court.
For the past eight years, Steuart has been serving as a prosecutor in Prince George’s, working on cases involving major felony offenses and violent crimes.