Catherine C. Blake

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Catherine C. Blake
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Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Assumed office
October 3, 2014
Preceded by Deborah K. Chasanow
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Assumed office
August 14, 1995
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by John R. Hargrove
Personal details
Born 1950 (age 71–72)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater Radcliffe College (A.B.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Catherine C. Blake (born 1950) is the Chief 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 U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland from 1977 to 1987. During that period, she was an Assistant U.S. 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 U.S. Attorney, a position she held until 1987, when she again became the first assistant.

Judicial service

In 1987 Blake became a United States magistrate judge in the District of Maryland.

In 1995 Magistrate Judge Blake became a federal judge on 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. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 11, 1995, and received her commission on August 14, 1995. She became Chief Judge of the District of Maryland on October 3, 2014, upon former Chief Judge Deborah K. Chasanow taking senior status.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Deborah K. Chasanow
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
John R. Hargrove
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
1995–present