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County residents will have a new judge serving on their circuit as local attorney Christopher Curtis Fogleman takes the bench on Jan 25.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity and very humbled and honored by the appointment,” Fogleman, 59, said in a phone interview. “It’s a privilege to be able to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Montgomery County.”
Once sworn in, he will have an 18-month rotation in the family division before a being assigned to the general court.
“Family law takes up the more of the court’s docket and time than any other matters, [and] I’m hoping to have a real impact on family law and the litigants that will come before me to be able to help them resolve whatever disputes they have and do my best to help families,” Fogleman said.
Appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Dec. 20 to replace Judge Michael D. Mason, Fogleman began working in the county as a clerk for Circuit Court Judge Calvin R. Sanders in 1984 before moving to the county public defender’s office in 1985.
In 1988, Fogleman began a 30-year career with Gleason, Flynn, Emig, Fogleman & McAfee, a Rockville-based law firm specializing in numerous areas, including criminal defense, civil litigation, and malpractice.
Describing his career as “broad and diverse,” Fogleman said it began in criminal defense before shifting to civil litigation when he entered private practice.
Fogleman, who earned a B.A. in criminal justice from Kings College in 1981 and a J.D. from American University in 1984, said he has several cases that he remembers.
In 1988, he represented Clarence St. Pier Leake, who took two hostages at the Washington, D.C., Mormon Temple. The “difficult” case ended with Leake serving probation after being declared not criminally responsible.
Two additional cases Fogleman recalls include helping a law student work through probation following criminal activity — saying his client “wound up turning himself around” — and a woman dealing with substance-abuse issues during a parental custody case before eventually graduating from an alcohol abuse treatment program.
Fogleman called the latter case a “satisfying experience,” saying it culminated with the woman inviting him to her graduation ceremony from the program,
Throughout his career, Fogleman said he practiced in the county’s district and circuit courts as well as state and federal courts.
He is also admitted to practice in Virginia and Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association of Montgomery County, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association.