Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) on Tuesday announced that he has appointed Chung Ki Pak to be the state’s new Chief Administrative Law Judge.
Pak will replace Judge Thomas Dewberry, a former state lawmaker who had served as Chief Administrative Law Judge since 2002 and retired in December.
Jana Burch, the office’s director of operations, had been serving as the Chief Administrative Law Judge on an interim basis. The Office of Administrative Hearings takes cases when residents challenge decisions made by about three dozen state agencies.
Pak recently retired after 26 years experience with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He served as Administrative Patent Judge from 1994-2017, with supervisory and mentoring responsibility for new judges, patent attorneys, interns, and externs. He is currently a Montgomery County License Commissioner. He is a member of the Koreatown Planning Committee and has served on several Asian Pacific American advisory committees.
Pak has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Auburn University, and is a law graduate of the Catholic University of America.
“I have confidence that Mr. Pak will be a strong advocate for the law and will serve the citizens of Maryland admirably,” Hogan said in a statement.