Court of Appeals, 3rd Appellate Circuit
Upon graduation in 1974 from the University of Maryland Law School where she was an Articles Editor on the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif, Lynne Battaglia began her legal career at the Baltimore law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes. In 1978, she was recruited to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, where she spent the next four years. In 1983 she was a Visiting Professor of Law at the law school, after which she became a Senior Trial Attorney within the Office of Special Litigation in the Department of Justice. In 1988, she was chosen by Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran to become the Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division and within three years was recruited to become the Chief of Staff to United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski. She was appointed and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve in the position of United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, and served from August, 20, 1993 to January 26, 2001. Judge Battaglia is currently a Maryland Court of Appeals Judge from the Third Appellate Circuit. She was nominated by Governor Parris Glendening, confirmed by the Maryland Senate, and was sworn-in on January 26, 2001.
Judge Battaglia has received numerous honors and awards during her distinguished career, including in November of 2007 when she was elected to membership in The American Law Institute, an elite group consisting of judges, practicing lawyers and legal scholars from all areas of the United States, as well as some foreign countries, who are selected for membership on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in the improvement of the law. In 2008, she was the recipient of the Rita C. Davidson Award. She also has been inducted into the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame.
Judge Battaglia is the author of Obeisance to the Separation of Powers and Protection of Individuals’ Rights and Liberties: The Honorable John C. Eldridge’s Approach to Constitutional Analysis in the Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1974-2003, published in the Maryland Law Review. She is also the author of “Property and Law Are Born and Must Die Together”: The Honorable Dale R. Cathell’s Philosophy of Individual Property Rights and the Government in the Court of Appeals and the Court of Special Appeals, 1987-2006, which was published in the Winter 2007 issue of the University of Baltimore Law Review. She authored, along with Evelyn Lombardo, Investing in the Future of Maryland Women, published in the July 2011 Edition of the Maryland law Journal. More recently, Judge Battaglia authored “Where is Justice?” An Exploration of Beginnings in the Fall 2011 Edition of the University of Baltimore Law Forum.
She currently serves as the Chair of the Professionalism Center and as such oversees the Professionalism Course given annually to over 1600 newly-admitted lawyers in Maryland and a mentoring program for the newly admitted. She is also the Chair of the Editorial Committee of the Finding Justice Project and Chair of the ASTAR Education Standards & Policy Committee.