Campbell sworn in as dis­trict court judge

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— The for­mal term for the cer­e­mony in which an ap­pointed judge takes his or her oath is called an “in­vesti­ture.” That word car­ried pro­found mean­ing for Clara Eva Campbell on Fri­day when she be­came the next Ce­cil County Dis­trict Court judge.

“This is an in­vesti­ture,” Campbell told friends, fam­ily and col­leagues who had packed the Cer­e­mo­nial Court­room in the Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court­house, be­fore em­pha­siz­ing the root word and re­quest­ing, “So through

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my re­marks to­day, just keep in mind the word – in­vest.”

Campbell was mind­ful of the peo­ple who had in­vested in her through­out her life and her 32-year le­gal ca­reer, thus far, giv­ing them thanks for mold­ing her and guid­ing her to a judge­ship in which she is now en­trusted with dis­pens­ing jus­tice in crim­i­nal and civil cases.

For Campbell, her spe­cial day wasn’t so much about her­self as it was about them.

She re­called grow­ing up the youngest of six chil­dren in a close-knit fam­ily in North East, where her fa­ther owned and op­er­ated a Main Street gro­cery store. Campbell, 55, also re­mem­bered how a “dis­abling ill­ness” forced her fa­ther to sell the store in 1974, when she was 13, putting a fi­nan­cial strain on the fam­ily.

“And so be­gan the ad­ver­sity. I saw ed­u­ca­tion as my way out,” Campbell said.

Campbell went on to grad­u­ate from North East High School as vale­dic­to­rian in 1979. Then the State of Mary­land, as Campbell put it, “thought it would be a good in­vest­ment” to name her a Mary­land Dis­tin­guished

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CARL HAMIL­TON

Ce­cil County Dis­trict Court Judge Clara Eva Campbell holds a gavel that had been gifted to her by her late brother Lon Campbell.

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