Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera has named Suzanne Schneider as her chief of staff. Schneider, who had been the assistant court administrator for the Montgomery County Circuit Court, began her new duties March 11.
As chief of staff, Schneider reports directly to Barbera and will manage the daily operations of the chief judge’s chambers. In addition to leading the state’s highest court, Barbera is the head of Maryland’s judicial branch and is responsible for the administration of the state court system, overseeing a budget of
$468 million with nearly 300 judges and about 4,000 employees.
“Suzanne brings a wealth of varied experience and skills to this role,” Barbera said. “She has an impressive track record of problem-solving, prioritizing, multitasking and consensus-building. These wide-ranging attributes and abilities make her an outstanding choice to help achieve the Judiciary’s goal of improving service to all the people who have business with our courts.”
A member of the Maryland bar since 1993, Schneider has served as assistant court administrator, differentiated case management coordinator, family division coordinator and juvenile division coordinator for the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.