Easton lawyer is named to state’s highest court

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has named Easton lawyer Brynja McDivitt Booth to the Court of Appeals, replacing Salisbury native Judge Sally D. Adkins in the 1st Appellate Circuit seat.

Brynja McDivitt Booth.
Judge Sally Adkins.

Hogan made the appointment after interviewing nominees sent by the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission. The Court of Appeals is the state’s highest court.

“The appointment of qualified individuals to serve across our state’s justice system is paramount to upholding our responsibilities to the people of Maryland and the rule of law,” said Hogan. “I have confidence that Ms. Booth will be a strong advocate for the law and will serve the citizens admirably.”

Booth will hold the judgeship that essentially represents Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

Judge Adkins had served since 2008. A longtime fixture in the Salisbury legal community, she was a lawyer with Adkins, Potts & Smethurst from 1976-95 and then a partner in Adkins & Allen. She was appointed to the state’s Court of Special Appeals in 1998 and announced her retirement last September.

Adkins replaced longtime Judge Dale R. Cathell of Worcester County on the Court of Appeals.

Unlike Adkins, Booth has no judgeship experience.

Booth is an attorney and shareholder of Booth, Booth, Cropper & Marriner in Easton and has extensive appellate experience. She is president of the Maryland Municipal Attorneys Association and a frequent speaker on appellate practice and land use.

She received her bachelor’s from Bucknell University her law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law. She clerked for Judge William S. Horne in Talbot County Circuit Court.

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