ANNAPOLIS, MD — Governor Wes Moore today announced appointments to the Howard County Trial Court Judicial Nominating Commission. Alan C. Cason will serve as chair.
“The Howard County Trial Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be well served by this talented, diverse group of legal minds,” said Gov. Moore.
“I thank them for answering the call to serve the people of Howard County.”
There are sixteen Trial Court Judicial Nominating Commissions established by executive order
01.01.2023.04. The commissions advertise judicial vacancies, seek recommendations for judicial candidates from their own membership, bar associations and members of the general public, set closing dates for the submission of the judicial applications, and evaluate applicants based on a variety of factors including their integrity, temperament, legal knowledge, and professional experience.
Governor Moore’s appointees to the Howard County Trial Court Judicial Nominating Commission include:Alan C. Cason, Chair
Alan Cason is a partner with McGuireWoods LLP and is a nationally recognized practitioner in land-based infrastructure transactions. He serves on the firm’s board of partners and is a former member of the executive committee. He also serves as outside general counsel for several nonprofit organizations, including a continuing care retirement community and Maryland businesses serving individuals with cognitive disabilities. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, he was in private practice and served as Harford County deputy county attorney. He received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Ian D. Anthony
Ian Anthony is a trial attorney and the circuit court supervisor at the Howard County Public Defender’s office. He currently serves as the National Trial Team Head Coach at the University of Maryland School of Law. He is an MLK Diversity Award finalist and the recipient of the prestigious William P. Cunningham Award, presented by the University of Maryland for exceptional achievement. He received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.David S. Coaxum
David Coaxum has more than 25 years of experience in the litigation of complex domestic matters. He is a member at Gordon Feinblatt, LLC where his practice concentrates on family law. He has served on the board of directors for the Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center and is also a former board member to HopeWorks, Howard County’s sexual assault and domestic violence center that provides critical services to families impacted by domestic violence. He currently serves as a commission member on the Attorney Grievance Commission and has been named a Maryland Super Lawyer in Family Law yearly since 2015. He received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.Alisa G. Cummins
Alisa Cummins has more than 30 years of family law practice. She is currently a Principal at Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC, and prior to that was the Founder and Principal of the Law Offices of Alisa G. Cummins, P.C. She currently serves as an executive board member of the Howard County Bar Association and previously served as a Board Member for Maryland Search and Rescue, Inc. She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.Opeyemi A. Glover
Opeyemi Glover is an assistant state’s attorney in the Office of the State’s Attorney for Howard County and currently serves in the Special Victims Unit. She formerly served as an assistant state’s attorney in both Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul M. Bowman on the Kent County Circuit Court. She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was a Leadership Scholar.Lori-Ann Bellan
Lori-Ann Bellan is currently an attorney advisor in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she provides comprehensive legal services to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including as the acting and deputy director of investigations and audits. She received her J.D. from the Howard University School of Law, cum laude, where she was a merit scholarship recipient.Jason G. Downs
Jason Downs is a trial attorney with Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, where he is co-chair of both the States Attorneys General practice group and the Environmental Social Governance group. Prior to that, he spent seven years at the public defender's office in the District of Columbia. He currently serves on the trial advocacy workshop faculty at Harvard Law School and is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. He received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Tracy C. Miller
Tracy Miller is a family law attorney who has operated her own solo practice since 2013. She has served as an appointed Trustee to the Client Protection Fund of Maryland since 2019 and is the immediate past president of the Howard County Women’s Bar Association. She received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law and her M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, R.H. Smith School of Business with honors. Moyah K. Panda
Moyah Panda is the executive director of the Office of Police Accountability of Anne Arundel County. Prior to that, she was a senior trial attorney in private practice and an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, serving in the Circuit Court Felony Division. She is very active in the Everett J. Waring-Juanita Jackson Mitchell Law Society and has been integral in developing the Continuing the Legacy program that was created to introduce students of color to careers in law. She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.Tiffany M. Releford
Tiffany Releford is a Partner at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and co-chair of its Community Associations group. She focuses her practice on labor and employment law and community associations in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. She has been named a “Labor & Employment Star” by Benchmark Litigation: Labor & Employment Guide, District of Columbia, every year since 2019. She received her J.D. from the Howard University School of Law. Dillon C. Yeung
Dillon Yeung has served as an assistant state’s attorney for the Office of the State’s Attorney of both Howard and Prince George’s counties. He also served as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland and a member of the Maryland Association for Justice. He received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, cum laude.Heather McCabe
Heather McCabe is the managing partner at McCabe Russell. She has a family law practice and is considered an authority on divorce law in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the firm, she was an associate professor at both Georgetown University and American University. She is also a past president of the Maryland LGBTQ Bar Association and was named a Top Attorney by Bethesda Magazine. She received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. Marni B. Schwartz
Marni Schwartz is an experienced family law attorney with Weinberg & Schwartz, LLC, where she has worked since 1995. She is a regular lecturer and speaker on domestic relations issues and is known throughout Howard and Montgomery counties as an expert in her field. She is on the board for Girls on the Run and serves on the scholarship committee of the Columbia Foundation. She received her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law.