August 21, 2013 | by Steve Charing
Gay attorney named to Maryland bench
Mark Scurti, District Court, Baltimore City, gay news, Washington Blade

Gay attorney, Mark Scurti will serve as an associate judge on the District Court for Baltimore City. (Photo by Steve Charing)

Mark Scurti, a well-known gay attorney in Baltimore’s LGBT community, was appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley on Aug. 13 to serve as an associate judge on the District Court for Baltimore City. Three other judges were named by the governor: Kevin M. Wilson, Martin D. Dorsey and Nicole P. Klein.

“I am pleased to appoint such an accomplished and diverse group of candidates to serve on the Baltimore City District Court,” O’Malley said in a statement. “These appointees will bring to the bench a broad range of legal expertise and a true commitment to public service.”

Scurti, a partner at Towson law firm Pessin Katz Law P.A. (PK Law), has been appointed to a 10-year term and is expected to begin his new duties in early September.

“Becoming a judge has been a lifelong dream of mine to serve the citizens of Maryland,” Scurti told the Blade.  “I see a judge as an instrument of justice, someone who is able to hear both sides of a dispute, weigh the facts and law and render an appropriate decision.”

Scurti has worked at PK Law since 2007, focusing his practice in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings, debt restructuring and same-sex relationship law. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

In 2007, Scurti received a Distinguished Alumni Award for his work for OUTLaw, an LGBT advocacy organization at the University of Baltimore School of Law. The award has been renamed the “Mark F. Scurti Award for Outstanding Contributions to the LGBT Community.”

Scurti was also instrumental in arranging the first same-sex marriage ceremonies at Baltimore City Hall that took place right after midnight on Jan. 1.  He stood alongside Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as she proclaimed Jan. 1 to be “Marriage Equality Day.”

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