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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Judicial Appointments

Fills Vacancies on the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County and Circuit Court for Frederick County

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointments of Mark W. Crooks to the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County and Julia Martz-Fisher to the Circuit Court for Frederick County. The governor made the appointments after reviewing nominees from the judicial nominating commissions for Anne Arundel County and Frederick County.

“After conducting a thorough vetting process, I am honored to appoint Mark Crooks to the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County and Julia Martz-Fisher to the Circuit Court for Frederick County,” said Governor Hogan. “Both Mr. Crooks and Ms. Martz-Fisher’s strong legal backgrounds have prepared them well for these important roles. I am confident that they possess the qualities needed to be strong advocates for justice for the people of Anne Arundel County and Frederick County.” 

Mark W. Crooks, a longtime resident of Anne Arundel County, has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Maryland for more than five years. He twice received the U.S. Attorney’s highest award for investigating and trying both violent and white collar cases. As a state prosecutor in New York for more than seven years, he tried over fifty cases. He has served the Hogan administration as deputy legal counsel where he has worked on diverse civil matters and on pardons and commutations. Mr. Crooks also served on active duty in the U.S. Navy for more than four years and deployed multiple times to combat theaters. Mr. Crooks holds a B.A. from Duke University in history and political science. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Julia Martz-Fisher practices with the firm Martz and Fisher, where she has been partner since 2009. She is a general practitioner, but primarily handles cases involving family law, and estate planning and probate. Prior to being named partner, she served as an associate at variations of the same firm from 1999-2009 and as a law clerk for Circuit Court for Frederick County Judge G. Edward Dwyer, Jr., from 1998-1999. Ms. Martz-Fisher holds a B.A. in political science from Hood College. She received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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