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Md. gets 1st African-American woman appeals judge

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By Julie Bykowicz, Baltimore Sun

When she was sworn in today, Judge Michele D. Hotten became the first African-American woman to serve on the bench of any Maryland appellate court.

Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed Hotten last month to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the state’s second-highest court. She had been a judge for 15 years in Prince George’s County Circuit Court. A graduate of Howard University’s law school, Hotten has also served as counsel to the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission and as a county prosecutor.

“Many judges and lawyers have written to me to describe Judge Hotten as impeccably prepared, uniformly fair, and a devoted legal scholar with a truly legendary work ethic,” O’Malley said in a statement.

Hotten fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James P. Salmon.

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Written by Symphony

August 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm

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