Cara Lewis, special counsel to Carroll County State Attorney’s Office, was appointed to the Carroll County District Court by Gov. Larry Hogan.
Lewis will fill the seat of Honorable Brian D. Green who retired April 2.
Tuesday’s announcement also included the appointment of Charles Blomquist, a state prosecutor, to the Baltimore City Circuit Court.
“I am pleased to appoint such experienced and accomplished members of the bar to Maryland’s court system,” Hogan said in a news release. “I am grateful for their willingness to serve the people of our state, and I am confident that they will bring years of legal service and knowledge to the bench.”
Lewis said she was honored by the appointment.
“I am a third generation Carroll Countian, and I am honored to continue to serve the community that raised me,” Lewis said.
Lewis added she will miss the “dedicated and talented public servants” who staff at the state’s attorney’s office.
As a special council to Carroll’s state’s attorney office, Lewis supervises four units within the office and its business operations in addition to maintaining a felony caseload, according to the release. She has been a prosecutor for nearly 10 years in both Carroll and Baltimore City. And she served as a site coordinator for the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network where she focused on cross-jurisdictional data sharing and investigations targeting gangs, drugs, firearms and human trafficking.
Allan Culver, Carroll’s acting state’s attorney, said Lewis’ appointment is a loss for the office “but, you know, it’s an honor for Cara to be appointed to the district court.” He added that he has no doubt Lewis will be a “fabulous” judge.
Earlier this year, Lewis came up with the idea for the county’s first polar bear plunge, in which participants were hosed down by the fire department. She came up with this alternative when brainstorming a way to physically participate in the plunge at a time when the pandemic did not allow for traditional in-person events.
Before she was a prosecutor, Lewis clerked for the Honorable Robert E. Cahill, Jr. in Baltimore County Circuit Court. She was also an associate at Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, where she practiced in bankruptcy litigation and commercial/business litigations groups.
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She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park and her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. According to her LinkedIn, Lewis is a 2003 graduate of North Carroll High School.