Thursday, Governor Larry Hogan appointed Judge Heather Lynne Price to the Caroline County Circuit Court, William “Bill” Hambler Jones to the Dorchester County Circuit Court, and Magistrate Stephanie Picard Porter to the Howard County Circuit Court.
“It is my pleasure to appoint these distinguished individuals to serve in our state’s judicial system,” said Governor Hogan. “Our state is gaining an immensely talented and principled group of judges who will honorably serve the citizens of their respective counties and Maryland in the years to come.”
According to the Governor’s press release:
Judge Heather Price has been a Caroline County District Court judge since March 2021. Prior to her appointment, she served the county attorney for Caroline County since 2013. She has worked in several law firms, and was the chief legal services officer in the City of Frederick, an assistant county attorney for the Anne Arundel County Office of Law, and an assistant city attorney for the City of Frederick.
She received a B.A. from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore, and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Bill Jones has served as the state’s attorney for Dorchester County since 2009, and in other capacities in the office since 2002. Prior to joining the state’s attorney’s office, he had his own general practice focused on a range of transactional and litigation matters, including real estate, criminal law, estate planning, and family law. Before opening his own practice, Jones also worked as a public defender in Wicomico County as an associate at the law office of Robert S. Collison, P.A., and as a police officer on the Eastern Shore.
Jones has also been an adjunct professor for the past 20 years, teaching courses at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Chesapeake College, Johns Hopkins University, and the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association. He received his B.S. from Wilmington College and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Stephanie Picard Porter has been a magistrate in the Circuit Court for Howard County since July 2015, where she presides over cases involving family law and juvenile matters and conducts settlement conferences. Prior to her appointment as magistrate, Porter worked for 14 years in the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s office, where she focused on child abuse, sex offense crimes, and the prosecution of gang-related crimes.
She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kathleen G. Cox, Circuit Court for Baltimore County from 2000 to 2001. She received her B.A. from the University of Vermont and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore.