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President Obama nominates 2 to federal court in Md.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated two attorneys to U.S. District Court judgeships in Maryland.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Theodore David Chuang and George Jarrod Hazel would succeed retiring federal judges Alexander Williams Jr. and Roger W. Titus., who serve on the bench in Greenbelt.

Chuang is deputy general counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he has worked since 2009. He was also chief investigative counsel for the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee in 2009 and deputy chief investigative counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2007 to 2009, according to a biography provided by the White House.

The 1994 Harvard Law School graduate worked from 2004 to 2007 at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, after having served six years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Massachusetts. Chuang was also a trial attorney at the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division from 1995 to 1998 after serving for one year as a law clerk for 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dorothy W. Nelson.

Hazel, who has served as chief deputy in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office since 2011, was an assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland from 2008 to 2010. He prosecuted violent and drug crimes and was manager of Project Exile, a high-profile collaboration with local prosecutors’ offices.

Hazel was also an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., from 2005 to 2008, focusing on violent and drug crimes.

The 1999 Georgetown University Law Center graduate began his career as a litigator at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in Washington. where he worked from 1999 to 2004.

Williams took senior status on May 8, saying, “That’s what happens when we gray.”

Titus announced last January that he will go on senior status this January.

“I’m giving them a full year’s notice and seeing if they can get it done,” Titus said at the time. “I want to give them all the reasonable amount of time I can give them so a replacement can be ready to take over.”