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O’Malley appoints Barbera as chief judge of Court of Appeals

Mary Ellen Barbera

Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Mary Ellen Barbera to be the first female chief judge of the state's highest court and also elevated Judge Shirley Watts from the Court of Special Appeals to the top court.

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Top court decides 2 matters it heard 7 and 6 years ago (access required)

Maryland’s top court issued two long-awaited decisions Wednesday, including one in which a convict waited more than seven years for the Court of Appeals to rule on his challenge to his five-year sentence.

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Mandatory CLE may finally get a vote (access required)

A long-dormant proposal to impose a mandatory continuing legal education requirement on Maryland lawyers may get a hearing in the Court of Appeals after a new chief judge is named, according to a panel discussion at the Maryland State Bar Association’s annual meeting.

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