Lenore R. Gelfman has been named administrative judge for the Howard County Circuit Court, succeeding Diane O. Leasure, who announced her retirement, effective Nov. 4, 2011.
"Judge Gelfman has a long and impressive record of service," said Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, who made the appointment. "She is a thoughtful and distinguished jurist, whose leadership skills are exemplary."
Gelfman received her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore in 1973 and began her legal career as an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore City. She worked in private practice in Howard County until 1989, when she was appointed to the county's District Court. In 1996, she began her term as a judge in the Howard County Circuit Court.
Gelfman is a past president of the Howard County Bar Association and has been an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association. She is a director and fellow of the Maryland State Bar Foundation, a fellow of the Howard County Bar Foundation and a fellow of the Women's Bar Foundation.
She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she teaches trial advocacy.
"I am honored to have been selected for this position by Chief Judge Bell and I thank him for the confidence he has shown in me," Gelfman said in a press release. "I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow judges on the Circuit Court and serving the people of Howard County."
Gelfman's appointment will become effective on Nov. 5.