SHEPHERDSTOWN – The judge who last week issued an injunction halting the Jefferson County school system’s plan to seize the controversial Rockwool factory site for a just-unveiled regional student support center has many ties to Jefferson County.
Chief U.S. District Judge Gina Groh is a Charles Town resient who went to college in Jefferson County and later spent four years here as an assistant prosecutor.
Groh, 54, grew up in Williamsport, Md., and earned her bachelor’s degree from then-Shepherd College. She went on to earn her law degree from West Virginia University.
At Shepherd, Groh won a coveted McMurran Scholar Award, the top academic honor granted by the school.
Starting in 2002, she worked in the prosecutor’s office in Charles Town.
Groh became a federal judge in 2012 and then was named chief judge three years later.
She was nominated to the court vacancy created by the death of Craig Broadwater. At the time, she was serving as a judge for the 23rd Judicial Circuit Court – a position she’d held since 2006.
Earlier in her career, Groh worked for law firms, including Steptoe & Johnson in Martinsburg as well as law firms in Hagerstown, Md., Baltimore and Washington, D.C. She became an assistant prosecutor in Berkeley County in 2002.
In her questionnaire to the U.S. Senate as she was considered for the federal bench, Groh listed her involvement with the Friends of Shepherdstown Library and the Jefferson County Historical Society. She also included her membership in Shepherdstown’s Cress Creek Country Club.