JOHN HANKINS McDOWELL, Associate Judge, Washington County Circuit Court, 4th Judicial Circuit, since May 28, 1993. Member, Executive Committee, 1997-99, and Family Law Committee, 2001-, Maryland Judicial Conference.

Appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge for Western Maryland, February 1989; Northern Judicial District of West Virginia, October 1989; Middle District of Pennsylvania, December 1989. Co-Chair, Governor's Citizens Advisory Board for Western Maryland, 1992-93. Born in Camden, New Jersey, June 6, 1952. Attended Overbrook Regional Senior High School, Pine Hill, New Jersey; Fairleigh Dickinson University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1974; University of Tennessee School of Law, J.D., December 1976. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1977. Member, Maryland State Bar Association; Washington County Bar Association (secretary, 1982-84). Director, Washington County Criminal Defense Bar Association, 1988-92. Member, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association; Maryland Criminal Trial Lawyers Association; National Council of United States Magistrate Judges; Federal Magistrate Judges Association; Maryland Circuit Judges Association (executive & family law committees).

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