The presidential election of Donald J. Trump likely ends U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher’s bid for a seat on the federal district court in Baltimore.
President Barack Obama’s nomination of Gallagher has laid dormant in the Senate since May 19, as the legislative body’s Republican leadership has declined to move her name to the floor in hope that the GOP would retake the White House. Trump’s victory has turned that wish into a reality, enabling the incoming president to fill the district court seat left vacant by the retirement of U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. in February.
Maryland’s two Democratic U.S. senators, Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, had forwarded Gallagher’s name to Obama to fill Quarles’ seat. Obama nominated Gallagher, a magistrate judge since 2011, for the federal judgeship in September 2015.
The Senate Judiciary Committee subsequently approved her nomination for a full Senate vote, which has not occurred.
Gallagher, a 1997 Harvard Law School graduate, began her legal career with a two-year clerkship for U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz in Baltimore, after which she worked as a litigation associate at Akin Gump Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington, according to a biography provided by the White House.
From 2002 to 2008, she was an assistant U.S. attorney for Maryland, serving in the criminal division. Gallagher then co-founded and served as a partner in the Baltimore law firm Levin & Gallagher LLC, handling white-collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation and employment disputes.