Howard Circuit Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. was recognized last week by the Maryland State Bar Association for being an even-handed and cool-headed jurist.
Kane, 59, won the association's first Judge Anselm Sodaro Judicial Civility Award. Kane will receive a plaque at the bar association's annual meeting in Ocean City June 13.
"Judge Kane is really the epitome of judicial temperament, civility, respect and courtesy," said Janet Eveleth, spokeswoman for the state bar association. "These are qualities we would like to promote in all judges and attorneys."
Kane was selected from among five judges nominated by local (( bar associations or individuals. Three lawyers acting as a subcommittee for the bar association's board of governors served as the selection panel.
Kane was appointed to the Howard County District Court bench in 1977 when he was 39. He is now the administrative judge of Howard's Circuit Court, responsible for budget matters and other administrative duties, in addition to hearing cases.
Kane said he was pleased to be the first recipient of the award.
"I am honored by this award," he said.
The Howard County Bar Association board of directors unanimously nominated Kane for the award in April. Supporters sent letters of recommendation.
David Carney, Kane's former law partner, wrote: "Judge Kane can be as firm and as strict as the circumstances in court require, however, he exudes a calming effect in court. As more and more members of society show disrespect and rudeness in these changing times, Judge Kane never loses sight of the concept that party litigants, criminal defendants, witnesses and the general public should be accorded respect, direction and focus in the forum of the courtroom."
The award is named for retired Judge Anselm Sodaro, who was && chief judge of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City until 1979.
Pub Date: 5/18/98