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Hogan names 4 circuit and district judges

judge-gavel-330Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday appointed a Maryland district court judge, an insurance company attorney and a law firm’s founding partner to fill three vacancies on the Montgomery County Circuit Court.

The governor, whose office provided biographies of the judicial appointees, also named a solo practitioner to the district court bench in Carroll County.

District Court Judge Margaret Schweitzer, who has served on that bench in Montgomery County since 2014, will move up to the circuit court in Rockville. The University of North Carolina law school graduate was chief of the Montgomery County state’s attorney’s district court division before then-Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed her to the district court.

Jill Cummins joins the circuit court after having served since 2005 as managing attorney for Allstate Insurance Co.’s capital region. Cummins, a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, was a litigation associate at two Montgomery County-based law firms before joining Allstate as a staff counsel in 1993.

David Lease will leave Smith, Lease & Goldstein, where he was a founding member, to join the circuit court. Before founding the law firm, Lease, a University of Baltimore School of Law graduate, worked at Stein Sperling and Gordon Feinblatt and was outside counsel for the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors.

Schweitzer, Cummins and Lease succeed Marielsa A. Bernard, John W. Debelius III and Joseph A. Dugan Jr. on the circuit court.

Erin Danz joins the district court in Carroll County after operating her solo practice since 2010. Before hanging a shingle, the University of Maryland School of Law graduate was a senior assistant Maryland attorney general representing the state police.

Danz succeeds JoAnn M. Ellinghaus-Jones on the district court.

“Throughout their legal careers, they have exhibited integrity and a commitment to justice,” Hogan said of his four appointees in a statement. “I offer my sincere congratulations and I am confident that they will serve the citizens of their communities well.”


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