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Former local prosecutor gets judicial seat

December 08, 1999

FREDERICK, Md. - A former assistant Washington County State's Attorney has been appointed to the District Court of Frederick County, filling a new judgeship created earlier this year.

Janice Rodnick Ambrose served in Washington County from 1988-1990, after a six-year stint in the Frederick County State's Attorney's office.

After returning to private practice, Ambrose also became a domestic relations law master in Frederick County, a position she has held since 1996.

Gov. Parris Glendening hailed the appointment as proof of his policy that the courts reflect the state's diversity.

"She has demonstrated excellent judgment, fairness and a real understanding of how the law can affect everyday lives," Glendening said.

Ambrose, 49, graduated from Hood College and received her law degree from Antioch University in 1981. She was admitted to the bar the next year.

In addition to her legal work, Ambrose has been on the faculty of Hood since 1994 and has served on several boards and councils.

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District Court judges earn $101,800 a year and are appointed for 10-year terms.

- Marlo Barnhart

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