BALTIMORE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES

Judge Robert E. Cahill Jr.

 

Associate Judge, Baltimore County Circuit Court, 3rd Judicial Circuit, since November 1, 2005.

The Honorable Robert E Cahill Jr. attended Loyola High School in Towson, Maryland. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. (English) in 1979. He received his J.D. in 1982 from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He was admitted to Maryland Bar also in 1982.

Professional Activities

  • Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 8, Baltimore County, August 24, 2000 to October 31, 2005
  • Vice-Chair, Inquiry Committee, Attorney Grievance Commission, 1995 to 2000 (panel member, 1989 to 2000)
  • Principal, Nolan, Plumhoff and Williams, Chtd., 1990 to 2000
    Associate attorney, Melnicove, Kaufman, Weiner and Smouse, P.A., 1983 to 1990

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association (faculty member, professionalism committee)
  • Baltimore City and Baltimore County Bar Associations
  • Member, Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, 2005 to present, Maryland Judicial Conference

Other Activities

  • American Jurisprudence Award for excellent achievement in the study of criminal law.
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Judge Judith C. Ensor

Associate Judge, Baltimore County Circuit Court, 3rd Judicial Circuit, since November 28, 2005.

The Honorable Judith C. Ensor graduated magna cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa) from St. Lawrence University, B.A. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., with honors in 1988. She was also admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1988.

Professional Highlights

  • Partner, Litigation Department, Whiteford, Taylor, & Preston, LLP, 1998-2005; Associate 1990-1998
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Frederic N. Smalkin, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1988-80
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable W. Stephen Thayer III, New Hampshire Supreme Court, 1989 – 1990Lead civil judge, 2016-present. 
  • Member, Judicial Ethics Committee, 2019- present, current Vice-Chair

Professional Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Woman's Bar Association

Other Activities

  • Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2005
  • Fellow, ASTAR Science and Technology, 2009
  • Vice-President, Board of Trustees, Samuel Ready Scholarship, Inc.
  • Board of Trustees, Samuel Ready Scholarships, Inc., since 2014
  • Past President, Board of Trustees, St. Paul's School for Girls
  • Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2007, 2009, 2011 (Circle of Excellence)
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Judge Stacy A. Mayer

Associate Judge, Baltimore County Circuit Court, 3rd Judicial Circuit, since February 1, 2021.

Born in Silver Spring, Maryland, September 8, 1972. Attended McDonogh School, Owings Mills, Maryland; University of Richmond, B.A. (English and French), 1994; Graduated with honors from University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1997

She was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1997.

Professional Highlights

  • Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 8, Baltimore County, August 5, 2013—February 1, 2021
  • Chief Legislative Officer, Office of the Governor, November 2, 2012—July 12, 2013 (Deputy Legislative Officer, December, 2008—November 1, 2012)
  • Assistant State's Attorney, Howard County, 1999—2008
  • Assistant State's Attorney, Baltimore County, 1996—1999

Memberships

  • Chair, Legislative Committee, 2020- (member, 2015-; vice-chair, 2017—2020), Judicial Council
  • Commissioner, Education Subcommittee, 2016—2021, Judicial Council
  • Mentor Subcommittee, 2017-, of Education Committee, Judicial Council
  • Special Committee on Judicial Compensation, 2018, Judicial Council
  • COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force, 2020—2021
  • Maryland State Bar Association, 2011—present (criminal law and practice section; state and local government section; bench-bar committee section council, 2015-)
  • Howard County Bar Association, 1999—2009
  • Baltimore County Bar Association, 2010- (bench-bar committee, 2015—2021)
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Judge Wendy S. Epstein

Associate Judge, Baltimore County Circuit court, 3rd Judicial Circuit, since August 31, 2021.

The Honorable Wendy S. Epstein was born in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Pikesville High School in 1982. She received a B.A. in English from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in 1986 and a J.D. in 1989 from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1989.

Professional Highlights

  • Family and Juvenile Magistrate for the Circuit Court for Baltimore County 2014-2021
  • Member, Baltimore County Board of Appeals 2011-2014
  • State Board of Law Examiners, Character Committee, Second Appellate Circuit, 2012-2014
  • Partner, Zerwitz and Zerwitz, 1992-2014
  • Assistant Public Defender 1989-1992

Professional Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Baltimore County Bar Foundation
  • Maryland Women’s Bar Association
  • Baltimore Carroll County Women’s Bar Association
  • Simon E. Sobeloff Law Society

Other Activities

  • Chairperson, Magistrates’ Education Subcommittee of the Judicial College
  • Member, Education Committee, Judicial College
  • Hadassah, Greater Baltimore; B’Shert Chapter, founding member
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Baltimore County Sitting Judges

The Maryland Judicial Appointment Process: Why Are These Judges Running?

People often wonder why these judges are running for an election. The Maryland Constitution requires Circuit Court Judges to stand for election after being appointed or reappointed. The Governor of Maryland undertakes a comprehensive vetting process to appoint a judge when a vacancy occurs on the Circuit Court. Pursuant to a Gubernatorial Executive Order, the Baltimore County Judicial Nominating Commission vets and nominates lawyers to fill vacancies on the Circuit Court. Lawyers who are nominated by the commission meet exceptional standards of legal aptitude and must be the “most distinguished for integrity, wisdom and sound legal knowledge” as dictated by the Maryland Constitution.

The Maryland Constitution requires that Circuit Court Judges, once appointed or reappointed, must run in the next election to be retained.

Judges are prohibited under the Maryland Code of Judicial Conduct from taking a position on matters that are likely to come before them as a judge (Canon 5(B)(1)(d)). Click here for the Maryland Code of Judicial Conduct, found in the Maryland Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 16-813.