University of Baltimore School of Law alumni Erik Atas, J.D. ’06, and Myshala Middleton, J.D. ’10, have been appointed judges on the Baltimore City Circuit Court, the Office of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan reported.
In his most recent role, Atas served as the head of Zirkin & Schmerling Law’s Criminal Defense practice, focusing primarily on personal injury cases, protection orders and peace orders, and administrative hearings for Motor Vehicle Administration matters. He also worked as a public defender for Baltimore City.
Middleton served as assistant chief counsel in the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She primarily litigated removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
Previously, she worked as an assistant attorney general for Maryland in the Contract Litigation Unit, as well as in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and as an assistant state’s attorney for Baltimore City. Immediately following graduation from UB Law, Middleton served as a law clerk to the Hon. Lynn Stewart Mays in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.
“The appointment of these qualified individuals to serve across our state’s justice system is paramount to upholding our responsibilities to the people of Maryland and the rule of law,” said Hogan. Atlas and Middleton “will continue to be strong advocates for the law and will serve the citizens of Maryland honorably.”