DENNIS M. SWEENEY, Associate Judge, Howard County Circuit Court, 5th Judicial Circuit, since March 14, 1991. Member, Civil Law and Procedure Committee, 1991-93, Judicial Ethics Subcommittee, 1993-, Family and Domestic Relations Law Committee, 1999-2000, Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, 2000-01, and Public Awareness Committee, 2001-, Maryland Judicial Conference. Member, Executive Committee, Maryland Circuit Judges Association, 1994-; Criminal Procedure Article Review Committee, 1998-; Council on Jury Use and Management, 1999-2000 (chair, trial procedures & role of the jury subcommittee, 1999-2000). Chair, Editorial Board, Justice Matters, 2000-.

Assistant Federal Public Defender, 1975. Assistant attorney general and Special Assistant to Attorney General, 1979-81. Chief, Civil Division and Chief, General Counsel, Office of Attorney General, 1981-84. Deputy Attorney General, 1984-91. Member, U.S. District Court Trial Experience Committee, 1984-88. Member, Governor's Task Force on Administrative Hearing Officers, 1987-88; Advisory Council to Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 1987-89. Chair, State Advisory Council on Administrative Hearings, 1989-91; General Assembly's Task Force on Uninsured Employers, 1990. Vice-Chair, Governor's Prescription Drug Commission, 1990-91. Member, Special Ad Hoc Committee to Implement Maryland's New Domestic Violence Law, 1992. Member, County Executive's Ad Hoc Committee on Human Rights, Howard County, 1993-. Member, Judicial Clerkship Advisory Committee, University of Maryland School of Law, 1995-; Family Violence Council, 1995-. Co-Chair, Family and Sexual Violence Coordinating Council, 1997-. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, July 23, 1945. Loyola College, B.A., 1967; Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1971. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1971. Member, American Bar Association (vice-chair, committee on health & human services, 1978-82); Maryland State Bar Association (chair, administrative law section, 1984); Howard County Bar Association. Staff attorney, Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., 1971-75. Chief Attorney, Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., 1975-79. President, Public Lawyers Legal Services Program, Inc., 1989-91. Member, Maryland Coalition for Civil Justice Private Bar Task Force, 1995-; Children's Justice Act Committee, 1995-. President, James Macgill American Inn of Court, 1995-. Award of Distinction, Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, 1998.

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