Governor Larry Hogan yesterday announced the appointments of Jill Cummins, David Lease, and Margaret Schweitzer to the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. The governor made the appointments after reviewing nominees from the judicial nominating commissions.
“After conducting a thorough vetting process, I am pleased to appoint Jill Cummins, David Lease, and Margaret Schweitzer to the Circuit Court for Montgomery County,” said Governor Hogan. “Throughout their legal careers they have exhibited integrity and a commitment to justice. I offer my sincere congratulations, and I am confident that they will serve the citizens of their communities well.”
Jill Cummins has been staff counsel at Allstate Insurance Company since 1993 and has served as managing attorney for the capital region since 2005. Prior to joining Allstate Insurance Company, she worked as a litigation associate at two Montgomery County-based law firms. Cummins received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and her B.A. from the University of Virginia.
David Lease is a founding member and shareholder at Smith, Lease & Goldstein. Prior to founding Smith, Lease & Goldstein, he worked at the law firms of Stein Sperling and Gordon Feinblatt, and as outside counsel to the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors. Mr. Lease received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore, School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park.
The Hon. Margaret Schweitzer, was born in Olney, and has served as a judge on the District Court for Montgomery County since 2014. Prior to her appointment to the District Court for Montgomery County, she served as the Chief of the District Court Division at the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. Judge Schweitzer received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina, School of Law and her B.A. from University of Maryland, College Park.
After being appointed by the governor, a Circuit Court judge must stand for election for a 15-year term in the next general election that’s at least one year after the date of the vacancy.