The judges of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland are pleased to announce their appointment of Erin Aslan to the position of United States Magistrate Judge. Ms. Aslan will take the oath of office during an informal ceremony on December 4, 2023. A formal ceremony will be held at a later date in the Baltimore Courthouse.
Ms. Aslan graduated from Brown University with a B.A. magna cum laude in an independent concentration focused on the Americas. During high school and college she studied abroad in Mexico, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic.
Ms. Aslan received her J.D. magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern scholar, a Florence Allen scholar, and a member of the Order of the Coif. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Aslan served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Harold Baer, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Following her clerkship, Ms. Aslan joined the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. During her career with DOJ, Ms. Aslan served in the Criminal Division, the Civil Rights Division, the Office of Legal Policy, and the Office of the Inspector General. Among other things, Ms. Aslan investigated and prosecuted public corruption and civil rights offenses and represented the United States in civil rights appellate cases.
United States Magistrate Judges are appointed by the district judges for a term of eight years and are eligible for reappointment to successive terms. The position filled by Ms. Aslan became open when United States Magistrate Judge Matthew J. Maddox was commissioned as a United States District Judge on November 8, 2023. In anticipation of Judge Maddox’s elevation to district judge, a merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community reviewed all qualified applications before recommending a slate of candidates to the full bench for review. Ms. Aslan was selected from this slate.