ANNAPOLIS Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., today appointed Joan Bossman Gordon and James L. Mann, Jr., to the District Court for Baltimore City, and named Delegate William Louis Hennessy to the District Court for Charles County. Governor Ehrlich also reappointed District Court Judge Ben C. Clyburn.
I am pleased to appoint Judge Gordon and Judge Mann, who have been determined by a panel of lawyers and laypeople to be legally and most fully professionally qualified for their respective position, said Governor Ehrlich. Their experience and ability will further the best interests of the citizens of the City of Baltimore and the judicial system during their respective terms. I am also honored to reappoint Chief Judge Clyburn to a ten-year term on the district court. Lou Hennessy is a dedicated public servant, who will serve the citizens of Charles County with integrity and decency.
William Louis Hennessy is a member of the House of Delegates representing District 28 in Charles County. Hennessy has been appointed to serve a term of ten years and succeeds Judge Gary S. Gasparovic, who retired in September, 2004. Delegate Hennessy is a practicing attorney for the Law Office of W. Louis Hennessy in La Plata, and regularly handles complex criminal and personal injury matters. Prior to beginning his law practice, Hennessy was a 25-year member of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department where he rose to the rank of Captain. Hennessy served as Commander of the Homicide Investigations Branch from 1993 to 1995. Hennessy later worked with the United States Justice Department and the Police Executive Research Forum helping other police departments improve their homicide investigative units. Hennessy earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1997. He lives on his farm in LaPlata with his wife and four young children.