Ellen Lipton Hollander, a veteran Maryland state court judge, and James K. Bredar, a federal magistrate judge, have been nominated by President Barack Obama for U.S. District Court judgeships, the White House announced Wednesday.
Hollander, 60, has been a member of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals since 1994. Before that, she served five years as a Baltimore Circuit Court judge. She would fill the seat that opened up last year when U.S. Judge Andre Davis, a Democratic nominee, moved to the federal appeals court.
Bredar, 53, of Reisterstown, would replace Judge J. Frederick Motz, a Republican nominee and the longest- serving judge on the federal district bench in Maryland, who has taken senior status.
Last December, Maryland's Democratic senators recommended Hollander and Bredar as their choices for two of three vacant district judgeships in Maryland. Typically, presidents give considerable weight to judicial picks of home-state senators from their own party.
In a statement, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski said both nominees "possess the qualities that are needed to make sure the rights of ordinary Americans are protected and have the experience that will allow them serve with an open mind and adhere to the rule of law."
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin praised their "impressive legal backgrounds and long experience in the state of Maryland."
Hollander served briefly at the Justice Department during the Carter administration, was an assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland in the 1980s and worked in private practice. She became the only woman on the state's second-highest bench when Democratic Gov. William Donald Schaefer chose her for the Court of Special Appeals. The New York City native is a graduate of Goucher College and Georgetown University Law Center.
Bredar, a Nebraska native with degrees from Harvard College and Georgetown Law, has been a magistrate judge for 12 years. He was a state and federal prosecutor in Colorado in the 1980s and a federal public defender in Colorado and Maryland from 1989 to 1998.
Senate confirmation is required before they can assume their new positions.