In Chambers With…

Judge Cahill

cahillThe Honorable Robert E. Cahill Jr. is a lifelong Baltimore area resident.  He attended Loyola High School, graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Maryland in 1979, and The University of Balt
imore Law School in 1982.

Judge Cahill began his legal career as an associate with Melnicove, Kaufman, Weiner and Smouse, PA until the firm dissolved in 1989.  He then became a partner at Nolan, Plumhoff and Williams, Chtd. in Towson where he worked with his father, and met his wife who is still employed there.

In 2000, Governor Parris Glendening appointed Judge Cahill to serve as a District Court Judge for Baltimore County.  He served there until 2005 when Governor Bob Ehrlich appointed him to serve on the Baltimore County Circuit Court.  He followed in the footsteps of his Father, Judge Robert E. Cahill Sr., who retired from the Circuit Court Bench in 2002.  He is also cross-designated to the District Court and to the Court of Special Appeals where he sits a few times per year on three judge appellate panels.

Last year, Judge Cahill was appointed to head the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court.  Since then, he and Judge Cox have overseen some significant changes in the way the court handles criminal matters.  Perhaps the most substantial change is the implementation of an “advanced plea docket” for certain felony matters.  Attorneys who work out pleas with the state in advance of trial can request that the matter be set, at their convenience, on an afternoon docket on Wednesdays and Thursdays, in front of Judge Cahill, Judge Alexander, or Judge Cox.  In the past 6 months, this system has eliminated over 40 cases per month from the felony dockets, freeing up Judges to handle more bench trials, motions hearings, and chambeZest_QuarterPageAdrs matters.

Judge Cahill is quick to say that he is very proud of the reputation the Baltimore County Bench holds throughout the state.  While the workload has gotten more intense over the years, the bench as a whole has been very flexible and able to adapt to the changing environment.  He is confident that the newly appointed Judges are ideal to carry on that tradition.

When he was not in court, Judge Cahill used to spend a lot of his free time traversing the Baltimore area, and most of the east coast attending his children’s lacrosse games.  His son, Emmett, graduated from The University of Maryland, where his teams reached three NCAA Final Fours and won an ACC title.  His daughter, Dana, was an All American goalie at Penn State, who graduated in 2012.  Throughout their rec. league, high school and college careers, Judge Cahill and his wife, Elizabeth, never missed a game, and logged more than a few miles on the family vehicles and through airports. 

Now that his children have both graduated, Judge Cahill is adjusting to life as an “empty-nester.” He hopes to improve his golf game after years of neglect due to his lacrosse schedule.  He will still be cheering on both the Maryland and Penn State athletic departments at every opportunity.

 Pet Peeve in Court: Attorneys (or litigants) who interrupt.

Ideal foursome for golf:  Judge Cahill gave this response some thought: “My foursome would include Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Harry S. Truman and Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman.  Men of vision and guts.  Finishers.  I’d be interested to know what they think of the current global and national states of affairs.”