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Governor Announces Judicial Appointments

June 1st, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointments of the Hon. Joseph Getty to the Maryland Court of Appeals, and Judge Donald Beachley and Judge Melanie Shaw Geter to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. The governor made the appointments after reviewing nominees from the judicial nominating commissions.

Joseph M. Getty is currently serving as Governor Hogan’s chief legislative officer, and will fill a vacancy on the Maryland Court of Appeals.

“Joe is a devoted public servant who has spent his entire career and a good portion of his life in service to his community and to our state,” said Governor Hogan. “His unquestionable integrity, deep legal expertise, and devotion to the people of Maryland make him an excellent fit for the state's highest court. I have complete confidence that he will continue to be a strong advocate for the law and our citizens while serving on the Maryland Court of Appeals.”

Prior to serving in the governor’s administration, Senator Getty represented parts of Baltimore and Carroll Counties in both the Maryland State Senate and in the Maryland House of Delegates. While in the legislature, he served on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. Getty graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law, received a master's degree in American Civilization from George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Washington College.

“I am also happy to offer my sincere congratulations to Judge Beachley and Judge Shaw Geter, who I am appointing to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals,” said Governor Hogan. “Combined, they have more than 40 years of judicial experience, and are the most qualified candidates to fill these vacancies.”

Donald E. Beachley is currently serving as an associate judge in the Washington County Circuit Court, and will fill a vacancy on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. His previous experience includes serving as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Maryland; a partner with Miller, Miller, Oliver, Beachley & Stone; and a clerk for a Maryland Court of Appeals judge. Judge Beachley graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law, and received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Hood College.

Melanie M. Shaw Geter is currently serving as an associate judge for the Prince George’s County Circuit Court, and will fill a vacancy on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Her previous experience includes serving as a Prince George’s County District Court judge and as a Prince George’s County prosecutor. Judge Shaw Geter graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law, and received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Howard University.

These appointments will take effect immediately.

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