Over 17 months after the death of Garrett County’s only district court judge, Judge Ralph Burnett, Garrett County has a new judge. Governor O’Malley has selected Leonard Eiswert, a lawyer with Eiswet, Janes & Kepple in Oakland, Maryland.
Judge Eiswet was a founding partner of Eiswet, Janes & Kepple in 1979. Before that, he was a prosecutor in Baltimore and later in Garrett County. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law and past president of the Garrett County Bar Association.
To the chagrin of Allegany County district court judges that have been traveling to Garrett County to sit in the vacant seat, this has been a long road. Judge Eiswert was not among the four original applicants for the judicial post created by Judge Ralph Burnett’s May 2007 death. The position was re-advertised this summer after Governor O’Malley requested three applicants to choose from and the Judicial Nomination Commission found only two were qualified.