Mark Scurti, a well-known gay attorney in Baltimoreâ€™s LGBT community, was appointed by Gov. Martin Oâ€™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.
â€śI am pleased to appoint such an accomplished and diverse group of candidates to serve on the Baltimore City District Court,â€ť Oâ€™Malley said in a statement. â€śThese appointees will bring to the bench a broad range of legal expertise and a true commitment to public service.â€ť
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.
â€śBecoming a judge has been a lifelong dream of mine to serve the citizens of Maryland,â€ť Scurti told the Blade.Â â€śI 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.â€ť
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 â€śMark F. Scurti Award for Outstanding Contributions to the LGBT Community.â€ť
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.Â He stood alongside Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as she proclaimed Jan. 1 to be â€śMarriage Equality Day.â€ť