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|03-27-2012, 01:45 PM||#1|
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A Letter from Judge Densford
A Letter from Judge Densford to the Citizens of St. Mary’s County
I entered the legal profession because I am passionate about the law and its application to every man, woman, and child; the law is where the hammer meets the anvil. I sought to become a judge because every decision in a courtroom matters to the citizens who live, work, and play in our communities.
Maryland Circuit Court judges have a tremendous impact on the lives in their communities. Their decisions affect families, affect society, and influence the quality of life within our communities. Decisions made by judges impact the liberties of the people around us. These are heavy responsibilities that a judge and the people who choose a judge must take seriously.
I take both the honor and responsibility of serving as your circuit court judge very seriously. I ask that you consider my experience and commitment to the law and find me deserving of your vote.
My website lists many career achievements relevant to my appointment as a judge. Here, I am highlighting a couple of important themes that bear on my commitment to continue serving as a judge in St. Mary’s County. One is my interest in making sure that the law is accessible and understandable to everybody. Another is my commitment to helping new lawyers learn the importance of their job how it affects the lives they touch.
Much is written and spoken about the explosion of lawsuits. No one should support frivolous lawsuits. I believe that it is important that we not clog our courtrooms and effectively close the courthouse doors on people who have been wronged or injured. As a judge, I consider myself a steward of open, accessible, and plainly understood legal cases. The law works best when lawyers are prepared and diligent, when the parties have been told by their lawyers of the weaknesses, as well as the strengths, of their cases.
As a judge, I am committed to ensuring that all participants are treated with respect for themselves and for their time. When I took the oath of office as an Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for St. Mary's County on February 3rd, I promised to be mindful of how daunting a courtroom can be. I pledged to uphold the dignity of the courtroom, while removing its perplexities and subtleties. In short, I pledge to work with every person in the courtroom to see that justice is done and that it is done in language that everyone can understand.
I have been teaching law for more than 25 years. I enjoy it. Teaching offers opportunities to impress on newly minted lawyers how important their role is in the administration of justice. When clients are emotional, when victims of crime or injury are hurting, judges are responsible for maintaining order and administering justice in the courtroom, but we need the cooperation and assistance of the lawyers participating in the cases of those clients, those victims.
As a teacher, a mentor, a volunteer, a lawyer, I have enjoyed talking with and listening to law school graduates about being civil, about being mannerly, about treating people with respect. Those qualities have always been important to me; they are at the core of my character. With your support, I will continue to exercise those qualities in my daily conduct on the bench of the Circuit Court of St. Mary’s County.
Clearly, I take seriously the position to which I have been appointed. I have worked long and hard to maintain the highest ethical standards in everything that I do. I am honored to serve as a judge in our community. I am committed to maintaining a safe and healthy community and seeing that justice is administered fairly and impartially in our county.
Today, I ask that you review my qualifications and I ask that you, your family, your friends, and your neighbors vote to keep me on the bench.
Judge David W. Densford
Keep Judge Densford
Keep Judge Densford on the bench.
Vote April 3rd.
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