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Judge Barry G. Williams to Head Baltimore Circuit Court’s Criminal Division

(BALTIMORE — Dec. 5, 2011) Judge Marcella A. Holland, administrative judge for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, has announced the appointment of Associate Judge Barry G. Williams to head the court’s Criminal Division, effective January 2, 2012. “I believe that Judge Williams will continue the tradition of strong, excellent leadership in this, the most demanding division of our court,” Judge Holland said of the chance to appoint Judge Williams to the role.

Judge Barry G. WilliamsAs the judge in charge of the Criminal Division, Judge Williams will be responsible for the assignment of judges and the management of the criminal docket. He will also chair the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Judge Williams succeeds Judge M. Brooke Murdock, who served in that capacity for two years and was the first woman in the Baltimore City Circuit Court’s history to lead the Criminal Division. “The court is extremely grateful to Judge Murdock for her superlative skills and steady leadership and guidance in the processing of criminal cases under her tenure," said Judge Holland.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this position and look forward to the challenge. Judge Murdock did an excellent job, and I hope to follow her fine example,” Judge Williams said.

Judge Williams has served on the bench since December 2005, and is a member of the Judiciary’s Technology Oversight Board. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1987, and was admitted to the Maryland Bar that same year. From 1987 to 1988, Judge Williams served as law clerk to Judge Arrie W. Davis, who was then a judge with the Baltimore City Circuit Court. From 1988 until 1989, he was law clerk to now Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, then with the Court of Special Appeals. Before joining the bench, Judge Williams prosecuted cases as an assistant state’s attorney for Baltimore City from 1989 until 1997. In 1997, he joined the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as a trial attorney until 2002, and as special litigation counsel from 2002 to 2005.

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