Ricardo Zwaig

UNDERGRADUATE HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENT
Ricardo Zwaig ’77
Retired Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland

In 2010, Ricardo Daniel Zwaig was the first Hispanic male appointed to the Maryland Judiciary. Judge Zwaig was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 10, he immigrated to the United States with his family and settled in Baltimore County. Judge Zwaig graduated from UMBC with a B.A. degree in Spanish and received a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Judge Zwaig began his career as a state public defender focusing on juvenile defense in Baltimore City. He joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender in 1991 where he led teams of assistant federal public defenders across the U.S. and trained Venezuelan public defenders in advocacy in their new system of jurisprudence. He and his brother Michael Zwaig ’81, history, also established the Law Offices of Zwaig & Zwaig, P.A., to serve the needs of the Latino community primarily in Baltimore City and Howard County.

Judge Zwaig served on the Board of Directors for the Columbia Foundation, taught at

Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, and at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Program at the Georgetown University Law Center. Judge Zwaig and his brother helped establish UMBC’s Esperanza Fund in 2008, which offers scholarships for Latinx students. Judge Zwaig is proud to have received many awards including: the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2010 and UMBC’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award in 2013. Judge Zwaig takes great pride in his three amazing children and plays the blues harmonica.