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Deborah L. Boardman, Magistrate Judge

101 West Lombard Street
Chambers 3C
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 962-7810


Magistrate Judge Boardman was born and raised in Maryland. She attended Frederick County public schools. She received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Villanova University. After college, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Amman, Jordan. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of The Virginia Law Review. Upon graduation, she was a law clerk for the Honorable James C. Cacheris of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. For six years, Judge Boardman was an associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells) in Washington, DC, where she practiced complex commercial litigation. She had an active pro bono practice and was selected to serve as the senior associate in Hogan’s pro bono department. In 2008, Judge Boardman joined the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the District of Maryland. In 2015, she was named the First Assistant Federal Public Defender. During her 11-year tenure with the Federal Defender’s office, Judge Boardman represented individuals charged with federal crimes in the Greenbelt and Baltimore courthouses.