Norman Ramsey

June 18, 1993

Norman P. Ramsey became one of the most successful and visible members of the local legal scene in a long career that ended with his death at age 70 last Tuesday. Before he was nominated to a prestigious federal judgeship in 1980, he was in private practice in Baltimore for 26 years, with time off for public positions, including presiding over the city school board, the city fire board and, for eight years, the city's Civil Service Commission.

Best known to the newspaper-reading general public for his defense of high-profile politicians charged with corruption, he was better known to his peers for his professionalism. He was respected enough in the legal community to have been elected president of the Maryland Bar Association, and he served many years on the boards of governors of both the state bar and the American Bar Association. Richard D. Bennett, a former U.S. attorney, spoke for many when he described him as "a lawyer's lawyer and a judge's judge."

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