[photo, Diane O. Leasure, Howard County Circuit Court Judge] DIANE O. LEASURE, Circuit Administrative Judge, 5th Judicial Circuit (Anne Arundel, Carroll & Howard counties), January 4, 2002 to November 4, 2011. County Administrative Judge, Howard County Circuit Court, 5th Judicial Circuit, January 4, 2002 to November 4, 2011. Associate Judge, November 13, 1995 to January 4, 2002. Resigned November 4, 2011. Designated Judge for Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource (ASTAR) Center Program, 2005-11. Member, Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, 1997-2000, 2001-09, Family and Domestic Relations Law Committee, 2000-01, Judicial Council, 2000-05, 2008-10, Judicial Compensation Committee, 2002-11, and Judicial Cabinet, 2008-10, Maryland Judicial Conference. Member, Circuit Court Libraries Study Committee, 2000-01. Chair, Conference of Circuit Judges, December 4, 2008 to December 4, 2010 (vice-chair, December 4, 2004 to December 4, 2008; circuit representative, 5th judicial circuit, 1996-2002; executive committee, 2002-11). Member, Maryland Access to Justice Commission, 2008-10.

Chair, State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 2011-15. Member, State Advisory Council on Administrative Hearings, 2012-; Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council, 2015; Work Group on the Professionalism Course and the Professionalism Center, 2015. Member, Retired and Recalled Judges Committee, Judicial Council, 2015-.

Born in Cumberland, Maryland, June 11, 1952. Attended Allegany High School, Cumberland, Maryland; Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), B.A. (human behavior & development), magna cum laude, 1974. Teacher, West Deptford Middle School, West Deptford, New Jersey, 1974-77. Adjunct faculty, Glassboro State College, 1976-80. Drexel University, M.S., 1977. Faculty, Cook College, Rutgers University, 1977-79. Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., 1982. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1982. Principal, Fossett & Brugger, 1988-95 (associate, 1982-88; chair, litigation practice group). Member, American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association (board of governors, 1994); Maryland State Bar Association (administrative law section; alternative dispute resolution section; construction law section; family & juvenile law section; litigation law section; board of governors, 1995; executive committee, 1995; judicial administration council, 2006-08; chair, committee on planning, 1995; chair, special committee on citizenship & law-related education, 2002-; co-chair, special committee on leadership academy); Virginia State Bar Association; Women's Bar Association of Maryland (long-range planning committee, 1995). President, Howard County Bar Association, 2004- (president-elect, 2003-04). Member, Prince George's County Bar Association (president, 1994-95). Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Maryland Association for Justice (formerly Maryland Trial Lawyers Association); Marlborough Inn of Court. Board of Trustees, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL). Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow, Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland School of Law, 2010. Senior Judicial Fellow and Lecturer, Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland. President's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Bar and the Community, Prince George's County Bar Association, 1991, 1994. President's Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of outstanding service to the Bar, Prince George's County Bar Association, 1993. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2004, 2007. Anselm Sodaro Judicial Civility Award, Maryland State Bar Association, 2008. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2007, 2009, 2011 (Circle of Excellence). Beverly Groner Family Law Award, Maryland State Bar Association, 2012.

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