I have worked in Judge Amy Lorenzini’s chambers for nearly a year as her law clerk and want to let local residents know what a wonderful public servant that the county has in her.

As the election for St. Mary’s County Circuit Court Judge heats up and I see all the election signs everywhere I go on nearby roads, I feel compelled to share some thoughts with the voting community in the county.  I have worked in Judge Amy Lorenzini’s chambers for nearly a year as her law clerk and want to let local residents know what a wonderful public servant that the county has in her.

I went to law school in my late fifties after having a full thirty-year career.  During five law school internships, I spent a lot of time observing court cases.  When one visits the courtroom casually, I imagine that there may be a natural tendency to think a judge just shows up late in the morning, sits at the bench comfortably while others work diligently, says a few things to the collected audience on occasion, and then goes home at an early hour.  But that is a grossly mistaken perception.  There is an enormous amount of preparation, scheduling, organization, reading, and research in which a judge must engage behind the scenes simply to keep on top of the caseload. 

And, whereas I have worked with and for a lot of people during my career, I am constantly impressed by how Judge Lorenzini undertakes her job.  She does so much reading and research in preparation for her cases.  She makes sure she is giving the public her legal decisions based absolutely on the law, even when a ruling may not be popular.  She uses her decades of practice experience to zero in on the issues before her with a deep background in similar disputes, to ensure fair and just holdings, to educate her staffers, and to regularly balance compassion with a stern need for public safety. 

She is conscientious, patient, kind, and incredibly smart.  Her vast experience with criminal, civil, and family law matters allows her to come to the courtroom each day with a seasoned understanding of the county’s needs and the ultimate impact of her decisions.  At times, she will share her thoughts to the parties as a mother, adopted child, county resident reliant on public services, and someone who firmly believes in all of the goodness and promise of St. Mary’s County.

I urge all county folks to support Judge Amy Lorenzini next week with their vote.  St. Mary’s residents simply could not ask for a more dedicated, thorough, caring, and knowledgeable human being to oversee the vital matters that require decisions grounded in the law with a keen awareness of how they will affect the broader community.

-Rob Blizard, Law Clerk

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