As previously discussed in this space, the four judges appointed to the Circuit Court for Montgomery County since the last general election will be on the ballot for the primary election on June 24.
They are listed without any indication that they are already judges, and it is very important that our sitting judges who have gone through the rigorous process to be appointed to the Bench be retained. In addition to Judge Nelson W. Rupp, Jr. and Judge Gary Bair, the additional judges who will be on the ballot are Judge Joan E. Ryan and Judge Audrey A. Creighton.
Judge Joan E. Ryon has been a Circuit Judge in Montgomery County since August 2013. After beginning her career in private practice, including working as a contractual attorney for the Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender, Judge Ryon was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Montgomery County in the Family Services Division. She continued her specialty in family law by serving as Special Counsel to the Child Support Enforcement Administration in the County for several years.
She then served the Circuit Court as Special Master and then Family Division Master from 1994 to 2013, hearing family law matters and making recommendations to the Court. Her expertise in family law makes her a valued member of our Circuit Court Bench. Judge Ryon has also been active on the Montgomery County Inn of Court and the Montgomery County Bar Association and Foundation.
Judge Audrey A. Creighton was appointed to the Montgomery County Circuit Court in February 2014. She previously served as a judge on the District Court in the County since 2010. Judge Creighton previously served as an Assistant Public Defender for Montgomery County for twenty years, and has extensive trial experience.
Judge Creighton is the second Hispanic judge in Montgomery County, where she was raised in a bilingual home. She is a former President of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association, has been active on its Board of Directors for more than a decade, and received its Leadership Award in 2010. She has been very active in the Bar Association of Montgomery County, working on its diversity programs including the Pipeline Scholar Program to bring minority attorneys to the County.