Lead Judge – Alexandria Model Court Project for NCJFCJ

Member of the Board of Trustees of N CJFCJ

Member of the HHS Guidance Workgroup for the Interjurisdictional Placement of Children Study

Member of the Children’s Bureau Workgroup on CFSRs

He has been recognized with:

  • The 2003 HHS Adoption Excellence award
  • The 2004 National CASA Judge of the Year Award
  • The 2005 and 2010 Mitchell Wendell Jurist Award from the AAICPC
  • The 2006 Lettie Pate Evans Award for lay leadership from the Virginia Theological Seminary
  • The 2009 Volunteer of the Year Award by Foster Care Alumni of America, a national non-profit
  • The 2012-13 Comptroller’s Golden Apple Award for school volunteering
  • A 2014 Hometown Hero award for volunteerism in Cambridge
  • The 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Landon School Alumni Association in Bethesda, MD
  • The MidShore Community Foundation 2018 Town Watch Society Award for leadership and service

After retirement from the bench in 2004, he consulted in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia with courts, child welfare agencies, and communities to improve outcomes for children and their families involved in the foster care system. He served as a City Commissioner for the City of Cambridge, MD from 2016-2021.

He currently volunteers with Maryland State DHS on foster care related matters and is a CASA volunteer for the MidShore CASA program.

Prior to his run for the position of Mayor he wrote a weekly column for the Talbot Spy publication called “Off the Bench” where he offered ideas for communities on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to consider ways to improve services to children and families in their communities.

He is a founding member of Moving Dorchester Forward that has a focus on providing support for programs and services including grant writing and evaluation of programs here in Cambridge and in the county. Other volunteer work includes being a board member of Mid Shore Community Mediation Center and the Mid Shore Community Foundation. He also has been working for the last 1 ½ years with the Dorchester Citizens for Better Government to have two portions of the County Charter changed to improve transparency of government and to have the county government be more efficient and effective through changes in how its County Manager is able to function.