BALTIMORE (AP) — A Howard County judge says she will retire from the bench after her 15-year term ends in November.

The Baltimore Sun reports Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure, 58, said Tuesday she will become a senior judicial fellow and lecturer at the University of Maryland law school. She says she also hopes for approval to serve as a recall judge and to be involved in private mediation and arbitration.

Leasure says she is retiring from being an active judge but will be working full time.

The former New Jersey middle school teacher was appointed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening as an associate court judge in 1995 and was elected to the position a year later. In 2002, she was appointed Howard County’s administrative circuit judge.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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