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Catherine C. Blake
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Assumed office
April 2, 2021
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
In office
October 3, 2014 – October 6, 2017
Preceded byDeborah K. Chasanow
Succeeded byJames K. Bredar
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
In office
August 14, 1995 – April 2, 2021
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byJohn R. Hargrove Sr.
Succeeded byLydia Kay Griggsby
Personal details
Born
Catherine Curtis Blake[1]

(1950-07-27) July 27, 1950 (age 71)
Boston, Massachusetts
EducationRadcliffe College (AB)
Harvard Law School (JD)

Catherine Curtis Blake (born July 27, 1950) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Early life and education

Blake was born in Boston, Massachusetts. After receiving an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Radcliffe College in 1972, she enrolled in Harvard Law School, where she received a Juris Doctor in 1975.

Career

Blake was in private practice in Boston, from 1975 to 1977. She was with the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland from 1977 to 1987. During that period, she was an Assistant United States Attorney from 1977 to 1983, then became a first assistant from 1983 to 1985, when she was appointed by the court to serve as the United States Attorney, a position she held until 1987, when she again became the first assistant.

Federal judicial service

In 1987 Blake became a United States Magistrate Judge of the District of Maryland. In 1995, Blake became a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 4, 1995, to a seat vacated by John R. Hargrove Sr. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 11, 1995, and received her commission on August 14, 1995. She served as Chief Judge of the District of Maryland from October 3, 2014 to October 6, 2017. She assumed senior status on April 2, 2021.

References

Legal offices Preceded byJohn R. Hargrove Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland 1995–2021 Succeeded byLydia Kay Griggsby Preceded byDeborah K. Chasanow Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland 2014–2017 Succeeded byJames K. Bredar