Boone joins local bench

May 20, 1997


Staff Writer

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III had three instructions Monday for W. Kennedy Boone III, the newest member of the circuit bench.

"You must have the heart of a guardian angel, the hide of an alligator ... and immediately resign from the board of the Maryland Theatre," Wright said.

Boone, 55, was appointed to the Washington County Circuit Court bench April 18 by Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

After his wife, Debbie, helped Boone into his robe, Boone took the oath of office from Dennis Weaver, clerk of the Washington County Circuit Court.


Other judges of the 4th Judicial Circuit and several judges from other jurisdictions across the state attended the ceremony.

Among them was Boone's brother, C. Gordon Boone, who is a 15-year veteran of the District Court in Baltimore.

"Kennedy is a gentleman and he will be dedicated to the people of Washington County," his brother said.

As the new judge took the bench, he raised his arms in triumph as he accepted a tiny chartreuse plastic gavel from Wright as a symbol of his completion of judicial orientation, known as "baby judges school."

Boone promised he would render quality and timely justice and that he would commit no action to bring dishonor to the bench.

"The late Judge Louis Boublitz always said to be honest and fair and I find those to be wise words," Boone said.

Boone thanked his family, friends, fellow attorneys and especially Washington County State's Attorney M. Kenneth Long Jr., who was the first to call to congratulate him on his appointment.

Long and Boone were the only two people being considered for the $96,500 a year post that has been vacant since Daniel W. Moylan retired from the bench last fall.

To retain the seat, Boone's name will have to be on the November 1998 ballot.

Boone has been a partner with Wachs, Boone & Schubel since 1973. His 29-year career as a lawyer included stints in the Maryland Attorney General's office and the Washington County state's attorney's office.

Glendening said he chose Boone because of his understanding of the law, his judicial temperament, and his experience in the community.

The appointment ended an unusually long appointment process that began last July, when Boone and seven other attorneys applied for the judgeship. At one point Glendening said he wanted to see more names put forward by a local judicial nominating panel.

None of the lawyers in the second round of applicants received enough votes from the panel, so only Boone's and Long's names were sent to the governor for consideration.

Boone, a 1964 graduate of the Naval Academy, received his law degree from the University of Baltimore Law School in 1967. He is a former president of the county bar association and has been involved in other community activities, including the county chapter of the United Way, the county Historical Society, the county Museum of Fine Arts and The Maryland Theatre.

The Maryland Theatre has been in the spotlight in recent months because of financial and personnel problems.

Boone and his wife have been married for nearly 30 years and have two grown children.

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