Catherine C. Blake
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland|
|Assumed office |
April 2, 2021
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland|
October 3, 2014 – October 6, 2017
|Preceded by||Deborah K. Chasanow|
|Succeeded by||James K. Bredar|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland|
August 14, 1995 – April 2, 2021
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||John R. Hargrove Sr.|
|Succeeded by||Lydia Kay Griggsby|
|Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland|
1987 – August 14, 1995
Catherine Curtis Blake
July 27, 1950
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Education||Radcliffe College (AB)|
Harvard Law School (JD)
Catherine Curtis Blake (born July 27, 1950) is a senior United States district judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Early life and education
Blake was in private practice in Boston, from 1975 to 1977. She was with the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland from 1977 to 1987. During that period, she was an Assistant United States Attorney from 1977 to 1983, then became a first assistant from 1983 to 1985, when she was appointed by the court to serve as the United States Attorney, a position she held until 1987, when she again became the first assistant.
Federal judicial service
In 1987 Blake became a United States magistrate judge of the District of Maryland. In 1995, Blake became a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 4, 1995, to a seat vacated by John R. Hargrove Sr. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 11, 1995, and received her commission on August 14, 1995. She served as Chief Judge of the District of Maryland from October 3, 2014 to October 6, 2017. She assumed senior status on April 2, 2021.
Judge Blake presided over the infamous Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force case. She is portrayed in the final episode of the HBO miniseries "We Own This City" which depicts the events surrounding the case.
- Confirmation hearings on federal appointments: hearings before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourth Congress, first session, on confirmation of appointees to the federal judiciary.
- Catherine C. Blake at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- "Ex-leader of rogue police unit gets 25 years in prison". Associated Press. 7 June 2018.
- "We Own This City (TV Mini Series 2022) - IMDb". IMDb.