Baltimore judge gets promotion

September 08, 1994|By a Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore Circuit Judge Ellen Lipton Hollander begins a new job today as the only woman on the state Court of Special Appeals.

Judge Hollander was named to a city seat on Maryland's second-highest court Friday by Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

She replaces another woman, Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, who was appointed to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in July.

Judge Hollander, 45, has had parallel careers in law and in raising a family.

Formerly a lawyer in the now-defunct Baltimore firm of Frank, Bernstein, Conaway & Goldman, she left the practice in 1979 to become an assistant Maryland attorney general and, a few months later, an assistant United States attorney.

She rejoined the law firm in 1983, and was a partner when Governor Schaefer appointed her to the circuit bench in 1989.

Judge Hollander -- who with journalist-businessman husband Richard S. Hollander has three children, ages 10 to 16 -- learned of her appointment in a telephone call from the governor on Friday.

On Sunday, she said, she picked up three boxes of legal documents from her new boss, Chief Judge Alan M. Wilner, on cases she will be hearing beginning today in the September term of the Court of Special Appeals.

"Needless to say, the task is daunting," Judge Hollander said, "but I'm looking forward to the challenge. One of my first purchases will be eye drops for all the reading."

The court generally hears cases appealed from the circuit courts.

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