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Hon. Sally D. Adkins (Ret.)

Areas of Experience

Personal injury, premises liability, products liability, business dissolution; family law including child/spousal support, custody/visitation and equitable distribution; trusts & estates, real property, civil rights, consumer, contracts, defamation, disability, employment, environmental, financial, governmental, insurance coverage and professional liability.

Professional Experience

  • Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland, 2008-2018.
  • Judge, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, 1998-2008.
  • Associate Judge, Circuit Court for Wicomico County, 1st Judicial Circuit, 1996-1998.
  • Former Partner, Adkins & Allen, LLP.
  • Former Partner and Associate, Adkins, Potts & Smethurst.


  • Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation.
  • Past President, Wicomico County Bar Association.
  • Past President, Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, Eastern Shore Chapter.
  • Former Member, Maryland Judicial Conference, Civil Law and Procedure Committee.
  • Past Chair, Advisory Committee to Explore the Feasibility of Maryland’s Adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination.
  • Past Chair, Commission on Judicial Disabilities.
  • Former Member, Judges, Masters and Juvenile Justice Committee.
  • Former Member, Trial Court Judicial Nominating Commission, 1st Judicial Circuit.
  • Former Member, Ethics Commission, Wicomico County.
  • Former Member, Attorney General’s Advisory Council, Family Court Committee.
  • Recipient, The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, The Mary Ellen Barbera ’84 Judicial Excellence Award, 2022.
  • Co-Recipient, Rita C. Davidson Award, Women’s Bar Association of Maryland.
  • Recipient, Dorothy Beatty Memorial Award, Women’s Law Center of Maryland.
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association. Former Member, Committee on Judicial Personnel Issues; Committee on Laws.
  • Former Member, Committee for Dean Search, University of Maryland, Carey School of Law.


  • University of Maryland, Carey School of Law, J.D. (with honors), Member of Law Review
  • Lawrence University, B.A.

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