Del. Cathy Vitale, 2014
Del. Cathy Vitale was re-elected to the legislature in November, but will give it up for a seat on the circuit court. Photo: From 'Meet Cathy' on cathyvitale.com (Authority: Friends of Cathy Vitale); website by Phil Tran Public Relations LLC.

Family law: Launching pad to the bench

Several family-law mavens and domestic-violence prosecutors were on the list of judicial appointments Gov. Martin O’Malley made in the waning days of 2014 — and, of course, his second and final term. Among the 10 appointees:

  • Del. Cathleen Marie Vitale, of Severna Park, now heading to Anne Arundel County Circuit Court;
  • Master Mary Morton Kramer, appointed to the Howard County Circuit Court after a decade of hearing family-law and CINA cases (not to mention her time in practice before that);
  • Judge Karla Natasha Smith, a former Family Violence Division prosecutor, who will be elevated from the District Court to Montgomery County Circuit Court; and
  • Glenn Louis Klavans, a private practioner and former domestic violence prosecutor.

For more details and the full list, read The Daily Record’s story here.

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