United States District Court for the District of Maryland

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United States District Court for the District of Maryland
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
(D. Md.)
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Appeals to Fourth Circuit
Established September 24, 1789
Judges assigned 10
Chief judge Deborah K. Chasanow
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The United States District Court for the District of Maryland (in case citations, D. Md.) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction is the state of Maryland.

Appeals from the District of Maryland are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

Notable judges in this district include William Paca, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court.

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Organization of the court

Under 28 U.S.C. Β§ 100, Maryland consists of a single federal judicial district with two statutory divisions. The Southern Division includes Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's, and St. Mary's counties and sits in Greenbelt. The Northern Division includes the rest of the state and sits in Baltimore, although the statute also provides for the court to sit in Cumberland and Denton.

Active Judges

# Judge Duty station Born Appointed Chief Appointed by
35 Deborah K. Chasanow Greenbelt 1948 1993 2010– Clinton
34 Benson Everett Legg Baltimore 1947 1991 2003–2010 G.H.W. Bush
37 Alexander Williams, Jr. Greenbelt 1948 1994 β€”β€” Clinton
38 Catherine C. Blake Baltimore 1950 1995 β€”β€” Clinton
40 William D. Quarles Jr. Baltimore 1948 2003 β€”β€” G.W. Bush
41 Richard D. Bennett Baltimore 1947 2003 β€”β€” G.W. Bush
42 Roger W. Titus Greenbelt 1941 2003 β€”β€” G.W. Bush
43 James K. Bredar Baltimore 1957 2010 β€”β€” Obama
44 Ellen Lipton Hollander Baltimore 1949 2010 β€”β€” Obama
β€” Vacant (Former Seat of Peter Jo Messitte)

Vacancies and pending nominations

Seat Last Held By Vacancy Reason Date of Vacancy Nominee Date of Nomination
Peter Jo Messitte Senior status September 1, 2008 George Levi Russell, III November 10, 2011

Senior Judges

The following judges hold Senior status:

# Judge Duty station[1] Born Active service Chief Senior
since
Appointed by
29 J. Frederick Motz Baltimore 1942 1985–2010 1994–2001 2010 Reagan
32 Marvin J. Garbis Baltimore 1936 1989–2003 β€”β€” 2003 G.H.W. Bush
33 William M. Nickerson Baltimore 1933 1990–2002 β€”β€” 2002 G.H.W. Bush
36 Peter Jo Messitte Greenbelt 1941 1993–2008 β€”β€” 2008 Clinton

Former Judges

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Term as Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
termination
1 Paca, WilliamWilliam Paca MD 1740–1799 1789[2]–1799 (none) (none) Washington, Washington death
2 Winchester, JamesJames Winchester MD 1772–1806 1799–1806 (none) (none) Adams, J.J. Adams death
3 Houston, JamesJames Houston MD 1767–1819 1806–1819 (none) (none) Jefferson, Jefferson death
4 Bland, TheodorickTheodorick Bland MD 1776–1846 1819[3]–1824 (none) (none) Monroe, Monroe resignation
5 Glenn, EliasElias Glenn MD 1769–1846 1824[4]–1836 (none) (none) Monroe, Monroe resignation
6 Heath, Upton ScottUpton Scott Heath MD 1784–1852 1836–1852 (none) (none) Jackson, Jackson death
7 Glenn, JohnJohn Glenn MD 1795–1853 1852–1853 (none) (none) Fillmore, Fillmore death
8 Giles, William FellWilliam Fell Giles MD 1807–1879 1853[5]–1879 (none) (none) Pierce, Pierce death
9 Morris, Thomas JohnThomas John Morris MD 1837–1912 1879–1912 (none) (none) Hayes, Hayes death
10 Rose, John CarterJohn Carter Rose MD 1861–1927 1910–1922 (none) (none) Taft, Taft appointment to 4th Cir.
11 Soper, Morris AmesMorris Ames Soper MD 1873–1963 1923–1931 (none) (none) Harding, Harding appointment to 4th Cir.
12 Coleman, William CaldwellWilliam Caldwell Coleman MD 1884–1968 1927–1955 1948–1955 (none) Coolidge, Coolidge resignation
13 Chesnut, William CalvinWilliam Calvin Chesnut MD 1873–1962 1931[6]–1953 (none) 1953–1962 Hoover, Hoover death
14 Thomsen, Roszel CathcartRoszel Cathcart Thomsen MD 1900–1992 1954–1971 1955–1970 1971–1992 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
15 Watkins, Robert DorseyRobert Dorsey Watkins MD 1900–1986 1955[7]–1971 1970 1971–1986 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
16 Northrop, Edward SkottoweEdward Skottowe Northrop MD 1911–2003 1961–1981 1970–1981 1981–2003 Kennedy, Kennedy death
17 Winter, Harrison LeeHarrison Lee Winter MD 1921–1990 1961[8]–1966 (none) (none) Kennedy, Kennedy appointment to 4th Cir.
18 II, Alexander HarveyAlexander Harvey II MD 1923-present 1966–1991 1986–1991 1991–2004 Johnson, L.L. Johnson retirement
19 Kaufman, Frank AlbertFrank Albert Kaufman MD 1916–1997 1966–1986 1981–1986 1986–1997 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
20 Miller Jr., James RogersJames Rogers Miller Jr. MD 1931–present 1970–1986 (none) (none) Nixon, Nixon retirement
21 Blair, Charles StanleyCharles Stanley Blair MD 1927–1980 1971–1980 (none) (none) Nixon, Nixon death
22 Murray, Herbert FrazierHerbert Frazier Murray MD 1923–1999 1971–1988 (none) 1988–1999 Nixon, Nixon death
23 Young, Joseph H.Joseph H. Young MD 1922–present 1971–1987 (none) 1987–2002 Nixon, Nixon retirement
24 Howard, Sr., Joseph C.Joseph C. Howard, Sr. MD 1922–2000 1979–1991 (none) 1991–2000 Carter, Carter death
25 Jones, Shirley BrannockShirley Brannock Jones MD 1925–present 1979–1982 (none) (none) Carter, Carter resignation
26 Ramsey, Norman ParkNorman Park Ramsey MD 1922–1993 1980–1991 (none) 1991–1992 Carter, Carter retirement
27 Black Jr., Walter EvanWalter Evan Black Jr. MD 1926-present 1982–1994 1992-1994 1994–2003 Reagan, Reagan retirement
28 Hargrove, Sr., John R.John R. Hargrove, Sr. MD 1923–1997 1984–1994 (none) 1994–1997 Reagan, Reagan death
30 Smalkin, Frederic N.Frederic N. Smalkin MD 1946–present 1986–2003 2001-2003 2003-2011 Reagan, Reagan retirement
31 Niemeyer, Paul V.Paul V. Niemeyer MD 1941–present 1988–1990 (none) (none) Reagan, Reagan appointment to 4th Cir.
39 Davis, Andre M.Andre M. Davis MD 1949–present 1995–2009 (none) (none) Clinton, Clinton appointment to 4th Cir.

Succession of Seats

Seat 1
Established on September 24, 1789 by 1 Stat. 73
William Paca 1789–1799
James Winchester 1799–1806
James Houston 1806–1819
Theodorick Bland 1819–1824
Elias Glenn 1824–1836
Upton Scott Heath 1836–1852
John Glenn 1852–1853
William Fell Giles 1853–1879
Thomas John Morris 1879–1912
Terminated on June 6, 1912 by 36 Stat. 201.
Reestablished on March 3, 1927 by 44 Stat. 1346.
William Caldwell Coleman 1927–1955
Robert Dorsey Watkins 1955–1971
Joseph H. Young 1971–1987
Marvin J. Garbis 1989–2003
Roger W. Titus 2003–
Seat 2
Established on February 24, 1910 by 36 Stat. 201
John Carter Rose 1910–1922
Morris Ames Soper 1923–1931
William Calvin Chesnut 1931–1953
Roszel Cathcart Thomsen 1954–1971
Herbert Frazier Murray 1971–1988
William M. Nickerson 1990–2002
William D. Quarles 2003–
Seat 3
Established on March 19, 1961 by 75 Stat. 80
Edward Skottowe Northrop 1961–1981
Walter Evan Black Jr. 1982–1994
Andre M. Davis 1995–2009
Ellen Lipton Hollander 2010-
Seat 4
Established on March 19, 1961 by 75 Stat. 80
Harrison Lee Winter 1961–1966
Alexander Harvey II 1966–1991
Deborah K. Chasanow 1993–
Seat 5
Established on March 18, 1966 by 80 Stat. 75
Frank Albert Kaufman 1966–1986
Paul V. Niemeyer 1988–1990
Benson Everett Legg 1991–
Seat 6
Established on June 2, 1970 by 84 Stat. 294
James Rogers Miller, Jr. 1970–1986
Frederic N. Smalkin 1986–2003
Richard D. Bennett 2003–
Seat 7
Established on June 2, 1970 by 84 Stat. 294
Charles Stanley Blair 1971–1980
Norman P. Ramsey 1980–1991
Alexander Williams, Jr. 1994–
Seat 8
Established on October 20, 1978 by 92 Stat. 1629
Joseph C. Howard, Sr. 1979–1991
Peter Jo Messitte 1993–2008
Vacant
Seat 9
Established on October 20, 1978 by 92 Stat. 1629
Shirley Brannock Jones 1979–1982
John R. Hargrove, Sr. 1984–1994
Catherine C. Blake 1995–
Seat 10
Established on July 10, 1984 by 98 Stat. 333
J. Frederick Motz 1985–2010
James K. Bredar 2010

U.S. Attorneys for the District of Maryland

  • Richard Potts (1789–1792)
  • Zebulon Hollingsworth (1792–1806)
  • John Stephen (1806–1810)
  • Thomas B. Dorsey (1810–1812)
  • Elias Glenn (1812–1824)
  • Nathaniel Williams (1824–1841)
  • Z. Collins Lee (1841–1845)
  • William L. Marshall (1845–1850)
  • Z. Collins Lee (1850–1853)
  • William M. Addison (1853–1862)
  • William Price (1862–1865)
  • William J. Jones (1865–1866)
  • William Price (1866–1867)
  • Andrew Sterett Ridgley (1867–1869)
  • Archibald Stirling, Jr. (1869–1886)
  • Thomas Gordon Hayes (1886–1890)
  • John T. Ensor (1890–1894)
  • William L. Marbury (1894–1898)
  • John C. Rose (1898–1910)
  • John P. Hill (1910–1915)
  • Samuel K. Dennis (1915–1920)
  • Robert R. Carman (1920–1922)
  • Amos W. W. Woodcock (1922–1931)
  • Simon E. Sobeloff (1931–1934)
  • Bernard J. Flynn (1934–1953)
  • George C. Doub (1953–1956)
  • Walter E. Black, Jr. (1956–1957)
  • Leon H. A. Pierson (1957–1961)
  • Joseph D. Tydings (1961–1963)
  • Robert H. Kernon (1963)
  • Thomas J. Kenney (1963–1967)
  • Stephen H. Sachs (1967–1970)
  • George Beall (1970–1975)
  • Jervis S. Finney (1975–1978)
  • Russell T. Baker (1978–1981)
  • Herbert Better* (1981)
  • J. Frederick Motz (1981–1985)
  • Catherine C. Blake* (1985–1986)
  • Breckinridge L. Willcox (1986–1991)
  • Richard D. Bennett (1991–1993)
  • Gary P. Jordan* (1993)
  • Lynne A. Battaglia (1993–2001)
  • Stephen Schenning* (2001)
  • Thomas M. DiBiagio (2001–2005)
  • Allen F. Loucks* (2005)
  • Rod J. Rosenstein (2005–present)

* designates interim U.S. Attorneys who served when there was no presidentially-appointed U.S. Attorney.

See also

Sources

  1. ^ "Fourth Circuit Judges". Official website of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Judges.htm. Retrieved June 1, 2005. 
  2. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on February 8, 1790, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 10, 1790, and received commission on February 10, 1790.
  3. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 3, 1820, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 5, 1820, and received commission on January 5, 1820.
  4. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 16, 1824, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 3, 1825, and received commission on January 3, 1825.
  5. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 19, 1853, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 11, 1854, and received commission on January 11, 1854.
  6. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 15, 1931, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 12, 1932, and received commission on January 12, 1932.
  7. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 12, 1956, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 1, 1956, and received commission on March 2, 1956.
  8. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 15, 1962, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 7, 1962, and received commission on February 17, 1962.

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