EASTON A former clerk for Talbot County Circuit Court Judge Broughton M. Earnest, Katherine G. Ault, was sworn in Thursday as an assistant state's attorney for Talbot County.

Ault served as a law clerk for Earnest for one year, leaving in August 2009. She also has served as a clerk for judges in the District Court for Anne Arundel County, which State's Attorney Scott Patterson said would serve her well as she begins her tenure as a prosecutor in Talbot County.

After receiving a degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Ault went on to earn her law degree at Wake Forest University School of Law in North Carolina, according to the state's attorney's office.

Ault will go through a training period with the office before beginning to prosecute cases in district court, and eventually circuit court, said Patterson.

Her specific area of prosecution will be determined later, when the office decides the types of cases that best coincide with Ault's interests and talents, said Patterson.

When presenting Ault before Earnest, Patterson said he is extremely pleased to have her fill the position and is confident that "this bright, energetic young attorney will quickly become an asset to us in our continuing efforts to make Talbot County communities the safest and most secure places to live on the Eastern Shore."

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