With 27 years of practicing law under his belt, Del. Haven Shoemaker is the latest addition to the Governor’s Family Violence Council.

The House of Delegates Minority Leader Nic Kipke appointed Delegate Haven Shoemaker to the council, according to a June 27 news release from Shoemaker’s office. The council’s website provides a list of board members and indicates two vacancies. Shoemaker’s name had yet to be added Thursday evening.

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“The purpose of the Governor’s Family Violence Council is to provide the governor with timely and relevant information on family violence and be able to provide helpful recommendations that can reduce and eliminate abusive behaviors,” the release stated.

“Delegate Shoemaker’s breadth of knowledge in both criminal and family law make him uniquely qualified for service on the council. He is practical, thoughtful, and cares deeply for the well-being of Maryland’s families,” Kipke said in the release.

Shoemaker, who runs a law practice based in Hampstead, said he is “happy to help” constituents in this new role.

“Hopefully, I can lend some insight as somebody who has had a pretty extensive criminal and family law practice with regard to problems that I see in the system today and perhaps, you know, we can work toward making some improvement,” Shoemaker said in an interview June 27. “I see some flaws in the way which domestic violence petitions for protective orders … and things of that nature are being handled.”

Though Shoemaker did not seek the appointment, he is “glad that Leader Kipke thought of me for it.”

“They reached out to me,” he said.

The council falls under the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention and meets quarterly in Crownsville, according to Shoemaker. Its next meeting is scheduled for July 10.

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