Silver Spring Judge Confirmed to U.S. District Court for Maryland

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Lydia Griggsby of Silver Spring was confirmed Wednesday to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Maryland. The U.S. Senate voted 59 to 39 in favor of her confirmation.

She will be the first Black woman and first woman of color to serve as a federal district court judge in Maryland, according to U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin.

“Today is a proud day for our state. The Senate’s confirmation of Judge Lydia Griggsby to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Maryland will help deliver fair, just, and equal treatment under the law to Marylanders,” the two senators said in a news release.

Griggsby, a lifelong resident of Maryland, received a unanimous rating by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee of “well qualified,” which is its highest rating. She has a B.A. in public policy political science from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

She will fill the vacancy created when Judge Catherine Blake, who was appointed by President Clinton in 1995, semi-retired on April 2.

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About Suzanne Pollak

Suzanne is a freelance reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She has over 35 years professional experience writing for newspapers, magazines, non-profit newsletters and the web.


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