Michael Cardin, 30, lawyer, son of Rep. Cardin

March 26, 1998|By David Folkenflik | David Folkenflik,SUN NATIONAL STAFF

Michael Cardin, a lawyer and son of Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, died late Tuesday night at his Baltimore apartment. He was 30.

City police officials said they believe Michael Cardin took his own life.

Representative Cardin, a popular Baltimore Democrat, and his wife, Myrna Cardin, released this statement through a spokeswoman: "This is a very private and personal time. The family hopes the public will understand their need for privacy and a time to grieve."

Michael Cardin was buried yesterday afternoon at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery in Baltimore. A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and the University of Maryland School of Law, he was admitted to the Maryland bar this winter.

fTC He had volunteered at the Hampden Family Center and performed free legal work for Baltimore residents.

Several people who knew Michael Cardin praised his creativity and insight and described him as interested in the issues of social justice that motivated his family, a prominent one in Maryland politics. His grandfather, Meyer Cardin, was a noted state judge.

"He didn't come to law school simply to get a license, practice law and make a whole heap of money," said Michael Millemann, who was one of Mr. Cardin's law professors.

Mr. Millemann said he was particularly impressed by a paper Mr. Cardin wrote in which he argued that the Maryland Constitution could be used to require new protections for the poor.

"I teach [constitutional] law, and I'm embarrassed to say he educated me about the oldest bill of rights in the United States" -- that of Maryland, Mr. Millemann said. "No student had ever come to me with this kind of individualistic analysis instinctively mixed with compassion and commitment."

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, a colleague of Benjamin Cardin since 1967 -- first in the General Assembly and then in the House of Representatives -- said Michael Cardin was a vibrant presence.

"I've known him all his life," said Mr. Hoyer, a Democrat who represents Southern Maryland. "He skied with us from time to time. He was lively, with a great sense of humor, and engaged in so many things. He was just a wonderful young man."

Mr. Cardin is survived by his parents; a sister, Deborah Cardin of Baltimore; and his grandfather.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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