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Judge Andre M. Davis to retire August 31, 2017

May 05, 2017

Judge Andre M. Davis to retire August 31, 2017

Judge Andre M. Davis made the following statement on Wednesday announcing his retirement from the court:

With a keen appreciation for this mixed blessing, today I announce my retirement from the federal judiciary, effective on August 31, 2017, for the purpose of accepting Mayor Catherine Pugh’s request that I take on the responsibilities of Baltimore City Solicitor. My nearly thirty-year tenure as a judge has been a labor of love. It has been an extraordinary privilege and a high honor to have served the people of our city, state and country in the important work of safeguarding the rule of law.  I shall especially miss the collegiality and collaboration that distinguish the work of the most exceptional court in the country: the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Baltimore is at an historic intersection as it seeks to continue to rebuild itself as a thriving, diverse, and welcoming community, one truly on the move to greater heights.  Its best days are ahead.  The mayor’s invitation to me to join in this profound effort has prompted me to make a decision that I could not have imagined making until the moment I actually made it. In agreeing to join her administration, I take advantage of a unique opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the revitalization of the City I love, and to a community that has nurtured and encouraged me for more than six decades.

Over the next several months, I will diligently complete my remaining work with the Fourth Circuit but I will not take on any new cases.  With the critical assistance of the dedicated lawyers and staff of the city Law Department, I look forward to the opportunity to tackle the myriad challenges that await us upon the commencement of my work for the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore starting in September.

Judge Davis served as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Maryland from 1995 to 2009 and as a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit from 2009 to 2017.  Before joining the federal bench, Judge Davis served as a Baltimore City Circuit Judge, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, and an appellate attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

Commenting on Judge Davis’s announcement, Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory stated:

Judge Davis has made a rich and significant contribution to the work and traditions of this court.  We will miss his keen mind and kind spirit.  I wish him all the best as he starts a new chapter in his illustrious career in the law and public service.