- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 28, 2008

ANNAPOLIS - Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed Judge Sally D. Adkins to fill a vacancy on Maryland’s highest court.

Judge Adkins, 58, has for 10 years served on the Court of Special Appeals, which is Maryland’s intermediate appellate court. She will take the position held by retiring Judge Dale Cathell on the seven-member Court of Appeals.

“Judge Adkins is highly regarded for her keen intelligence, her meticulous preparation, her genuine concern for the parties who appear before her, and her willingness to keep an open mind,” Mr. O’Malley said Monday. “She will be an asset to the state’s highest court.”

Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, is getting to appoint an unusually high number of judges to the Court of Appeals early in his administration because of the court’s mandatory retirement age of 70. Judge Adkins is the second of three appointments the governor will make.

Late last year, Mr. O’Malley appointed Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr., who was chief judge of the Court of Special Appeals.

The governor also will make an appointment to replace retiring Judge Irma S. Raker.

Judge Adkins, a native of Salisbury, has been appointed to represent the First Appellate Circuit on the bench, which includes the Eastern Shore counties of Caroline, Cecil, Dor-chester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester.

During her time on the Court of Special Appeals, Judge Adkins wrote more than 140 published opinions and about 750 unpublished opinions.

From 1999 to 2006, she served as the chairwoman of the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities, which investigates complaints against Maryland judges.

Judge Adkins, who received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1975, served as an associate judge for Wicomico County Circuit Court from 1996 to 1998.

Before becoming a judge, she worked in a private practice.

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