City prosecutor, defense lawyer appointed to Balto. County bench

September 24, 2002|By Stephanie Hanes | Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore prosecutor and a Baltimore County defense lawyer have been appointed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening to fill two vacant judgeships on the Baltimore County District Court.

Jan M. Alexander, 41, of Randallstown and Bruce S. Lamdin, 54, of Reisterstown will likely start work this fall. They will face state Senate confirmation during the 2003 legislative session.

"Clearly, I'm thrilled," Alexander said Friday night, a few hours after getting the call from the governor. "It's still kind of settling in. It feels good."

Alexander and Lamdin were selected to replace Judge Vicki Ballou-Watts, who was elevated this year to the Baltimore County Circuit Court, and Judge Michael McCampbell, who died in May.

District courts handle misdemeanors, landlord/tenant disputes, motor vehicle violations, small claims and criminal cases if the penalty is less than three years' imprisonment or does not exceed a fine of $2,500.

Alexander has worked as a prosecutor in the Baltimore state's attorney's office since 1998. He is in charge of all assistant state's attorneys assigned to misdemeanor jury cases and appeals from the District Court.

He graduated from Morgan State University and the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was president of the Black Law Students Association.

Alexander's appointment means that two of the 13 judges on the Baltimore County District Court are black. Glendening has spoken about the importance of a diverse judiciary.

"He's been very clear that while choosing the most experienced, most qualified judges, the bench should reflect the population that it serves," said Raquel Guillory, a spokesman for the governor's office.

Baltimore County's population is 20 percent black.

Lamdin works at the Cockeysville law firm he started with his father, which specializes in criminal defense work, according to the governor's office.

He has been active in county groups that work to fight substance abuse, and is an active member in the Baltimore County Bar Association, according to the governor's office.

"Mr. Alexander and Mr. Lamdin have made significant contributions to their profession and their community," said Judge Robert M. Bell, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. "They are hard-working, experienced practitioners with the temperament to become outstanding jurists."

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