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Maryland Carey Law Alumni Appointed to Federal, State and Local Posts

Maryland Carey Law has a long and vibrant tradition of public service, as these recent appointments to federal, state and local posts show.

Abigail Ross Hopper ‘99 was named director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which manages the development of the nation’s conventional and renewable energy and marine mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf. Ms. Hopper stepped into her new role on January 5 from the Maryland Energy Administration, where she has served as director since 2012.

Caroline D. Ciraolo ’93 has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division in Washington, D.C. She will join the Tax Division on January 12 as Principal Deputy and Deputy Assistant Attorney General of Policy & Planning. Ms. Ciraolo will serve as the head of the Tax Division, and when President Obama nominates an Assistant Attorney General, she will be designated as Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Tax Division until the nominee is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Elizabeth Harris ’98 was named chief deputy attorney general by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh. Ms. Harris served as chief legal counsel to Governor Martin O’Malley ‘88 and as an attorney with the Baltimore City Law Department; she also was a law clerk at the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Governor O’Malley appointed four Maryland Carey Law alumni to courts in Maryland on December 30.

  • Mary Morton Kramer ‘82 to the Circuit Court for Howard County. Since 2004, Master Kramer has served as a Master in Chancery for the Circuit Court for Howard County, hearing family law, child in need of assistance (CINA), and juvenile delinquency cases. Previously, she maintained a general trial practice for nearly 20 years at private firms in Howard and Baltimore Counties. In 2012, Master Kramer was appointed to the Judicial Ethics Committee by Maryland Chief Judge Robert M. Bell.
     
  • John Michael Maloney ‘88 to the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. Maloney was previously the Deputy State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, where he has served for the past seven years. Previously, Mr. Maloney served for 18 years as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, including for four years as Chief of the Homicide Unit. Mr. Maloney is a former member of the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Commission and is currently the Chair of the State Prosecutor Selections and Disability Commission.
     
  • Laura Marie Robinson ‘96 to the District Court for Anne Arundel County. Since 2001, Ms. Robinson has practiced at the Glen Burnie firm Lessans, Praley & McCormick, P.A., representing clients in civil and criminal matters in Maryland District and Circuit Courts, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Previously, Ms. Robinson served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Maryland’s Office of the Public Defender.
     
  • Kevin Yvonne Thomas Wiggins ‘99 to the District Court for Baltimore County. Mr. Wiggins has served for 14 years as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City. During his tenure, he has served in the Juvenile, Misdemeanor, General Trial, Economic Crimes, and Homicide Divisions of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. He is currently the Division Chief of Criminal Prosecution, Zone 3.

The Honorable Charles J. Peters ’81 was appointed to head the criminal division of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Judge Peters has been on the Circuit Court bench since February 2010 and has been a member of the Judiciary’s Criminal Law and Procedure Committee. He was Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City from 1986-1994, and Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Maryland, from 1994 until his appointment to the bench in 2010.

Ann Hoffman '72 was appointed to a 2-year term as a Public Member of the District of Columnia Public Employee Relations Board (PERB). Hoffman was appointed in May by DC Mayor Vincent Gray and confirmed by the DC Council. She perviously served on PERB from 2004 to 2008 and was also recently reelected first vice president of the National Writers Union's Washington, DC Chapter. 

“These alumni are outstanding public servants and great role models for our students,“ observed Maryland Carey Law Dean Donald Tobin.  “We are extremely proud of and grateful for their work.  They are part of our school’s longstanding commitment to leadership and government service at all levels.”

Earlier in 2014, Governor O’Malley appointed three more Maryland Carey Law alumni to judicial positions.  They included Dan Friedman ’94, to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals; Raymond George Strubin ’83 to Circuit Court for Garrett County; and Brian Charles Denton ’82 to the District Court for Prince George’s County.


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