Governor names Rasin to city Circuit Court bench
By Allison Klein
August 18, 2004
Gale E. Rasin, a Baltimore District Court judge for the past eight
years, was appointed yesterday to the city's Circuit Court bench.
Rasin, 52, will succeed Judge Thomas J. S. Waxter, Jr., who retired
In appointing Rasin, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said she will "further
the best interests of the citizens of Baltimore City."
Rasin, who was born in Baltimore, is familiar with the city's Circuit
Court. She was a visiting judge handling misdemeanor trials this year
from March until last month.
She said as a permanent Circuit Court judge, she will have to adjust to
the court's structure, but the biggest difference will be the cases -
Circuit Court handles people charged with the city's most serious
"The gravity of the cases is different," Rasin said. "I'm ready to
Before being appointed a District Court judge in 1992, Rasin was chief
of the Medicaid fraud unit in the attorney general's office for seven
From 1981 until 1985 she worked for the law firm Piper & Marbury,
and for four years before that, she was an assistant U.S. attorney for
Maryland. From 1976 to 1977, Rasin worked as a prosecutor in Anne
Rasin earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1973, and
her law degree from Georgetown University in 1976. She joined the
Maryland Bar in 1977 and has been a member of the Women's Bar
Association since 1995.
She grew up in Chestertown on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and attended
Kent County public schools.
In her new position, Rasin will get a raise from a District Court
judge's salary of $112,252 to a Circuit Court judge's salary of
Rasin, who is divorced, was married last month to her second husband,
Tom Staffa. She has a 21-year-old son and an 18-year-old daughter.
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