Press Release

September 26, 2013
Cardin, Mikulski Praise Obama Nominees Chuang and Hazel for Maryland District Court Seats

WASHINGTONU.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised President Obama’s nomination of Theodore David Chuang and George Jarrod Hazel to fill two vacancies on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Southern Division, located in Greenbelt.

“I am confident that Mr. Chuang and Mr. Hazel will make outstanding judges and serve the people of Maryland well,” said Senator Cardin. “Both have a strong record helping to provide access to justice to low-income residents in our state. Mr. Chuang has a broad range of legal experience in all three branches of the federal government, and is the son of immigrants from Taiwan who came to America seeking freedom and a better life for their family. Mr. Hazel has fought to keep our communities safe as a prosecutor, and is an active member of local organizations.”

“I was proud to recommend Mr. Chuang and Mr. Hazel to President Obama and am so pleased that they were both nominated to the United States District Court of Maryland,” Senator Mikulski said. “When I consider nominees for the federal bench, I have four criteria: absolute integrity, judicial competence and temperament; a commitment to core constitutional principles, and a history of civic engagement in Maryland. Both of these nominees meet and exceed these standards.  Both Mr. Chuang and Mr. Hazel possess the qualities that are needed to make sure the rights of ordinary Americans are protected and have the experience that will allow them serve with an open mind and adhere to the rule of law.”

If confirmed, Mr. Chuang will occupy the seat currently held by Judge Roger Titus who has advised the President of his intention to take senior status in January 2014.  Mr. Hazel will fill the seat formerly held by Judge Alexander Williams, who took senior status in May 2013.


Theodore David Chuang, of Bethesda MD, currently serves as Deputy General Counsel of the United States Department of Homeland Security, where he has worked since 2009.  Chuang received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1994 from Harvard Law School and his B.A. summa cum laude in 1991 from Harvard University.


Prior to his current position, Mr. Chuang served as Chief Investigative Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce in 2009 and Deputy Chief Investigative Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2007 to 2009.  He also spent six years as an Assistant United States Attorney and two years in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. 


George Jarrod Hazel, of North Potomac, MD, has served as the Chief Deputy State’s Attorney for Baltimore City since 2011.  Hazel received his J.D. in 1999 from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. cum laude in 1996 from Morehouse College.


Before his position with the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office, Mr. Hazel served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland from 2008 to 2010 and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia from 2005 to 2008.  He began his legal career in private practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in Washington, D.C. from 1999 to 2004.