Deborah K. Chasanow

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Deborah K. Chasanow
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Assumed office
October 3, 2014
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
In office
2010 October 3, 2014
Preceded by Benson Everett Legg
Succeeded by Catherine C. Blake
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
In office
October 20, 1993 October 3, 2014
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Alexander Harvey, II
Succeeded by Paula Xinis
Personal details
Born (1948-04-23) April 23, 1948 (age 70)
Washington, D.C.
Education Rutgers University (B.A.)
Stanford Law School (J.D.)

Deborah K. Chasanow (born April 23, 1948) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

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Biography

Born in Washington, D.C., Chasanow received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in 1970 and a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School in 1974. She was a law clerk for David L. Cahoon, Montgomery County Circuit Court, Maryland from 1974 to 1975, and was in private practice in Washington, D.C. in 1975. She was an Assistant state attorney general in the Office of the Maryland Attorney General from 1975 to 1987, and was chief of the Criminal Appeals Division from 1979 to 1987. She was a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Maryland from 1987 to 1993.

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Federal judicial service

On August 6, 1993, Chasanow was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland vacated by Alexander Harvey, II. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 18, 1993, and received her commission on October 20, 1993. She became chief judge in 2010, serving in that capacity until she assumed senior status on October 3, 2014.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Alexander Harvey, II
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
1993–2014
Succeeded by
Paula Xinis
Preceded by
Benson Everett Legg
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
2010–2014
Succeeded by
Catherine C. Blake