Governor Hogan Announces Judicial Appointments
Fills Vacancies in Prince George’s County District Court
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced he has made five judicial appointments to the Prince George’s County District Court: Wennesa Bell Snoddy, John Anthony Bielec, Dolores Dorsainvil, LaKeecia Reneé Allen, and Stacey Maria Cobb Smith. The governor made the appointments after interviewing nominees submitted by the Prince George’s County judicial nominating commission.
“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 maintaining the highest standards of the rule of law,” said Governor Hogan. “I have confidence that these appointees will be strong advocates for the law and will serve the citizens of Prince George’s County admirably.”
Wennesa Snoddy has been an associate county attorney in the Prince George’s County Office of Law since 2017. Prior to joining the office, she spent 13 years as an assistant state’s attorney, where she prosecuted homicide, domestic violence, and motor vehicle manslaughter cases. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sheila Tillerson Adams, Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, from 2003-2004. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
John Bielec has worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the United States Government Accountability Office since 2002. He has served as assistant general counsel for litigation since 2008. He has also served as a member of the Government Accountability Office Contract Appeals Board since 2013. Since 1993, he has also maintained his own private practice in Beltsville, Md., where he primarily provides pro bono representation to individuals and non-profit organizations. After graduating from law school, Mr. Bielec served as a law clerk for the Honorable William H. McCullough, Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, from 1991-1992. Bielec obtained his B.S. from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.
Dolores Dorsainvil has practiced almost exclusively in the field of ethics and attorney discipline. For the past 13 years, she has worked as an assistant disciplinary counsel in the District of Columbia, where she investigates and prosecutes cases against District of Columbia lawyers for ethical misconduct. Prior to this position, she spent more than three years as assistant bar counsel for the Attorney Grievance Commission in Maryland. After obtaining her law degree from American University, Dorsainvil worked as an associate at the Montgomery County-based firm of Goldberg & Finnegan, LLC.
LaKeecia Allen has worked as an associate county attorney for the Prince George’s County Office of Law. She currently works in the legislative division, where she advises the executive and legislative branches of government regarding legislative matters. She has also worked at the Prince George’s County Office of Law as legal advisor to the Prince George’s County Police Department, an attorney in the litigation division, and an attorney in the Child in Need of Assistance Division. Allen served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Herman C. Dawson during the summer of 2002. She holds a B.A. from American University and received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
Stacey Cobb Smith has been a prosecutor with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for her entire legal career. She is currently the chief of the Major Crimes Unit. She obtained her B.S. from Coppin State College and her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law.