Lawrence Kreis has attended every investiture of a new judge during his 24 years as a lawyer in Harford County.
On Friday afternoon, Kreis himself was the center of attention, as he was sworn in as Harford’s newest Circuit Court judge during a ceremony in the Harford County Courthouse ceremonial courtroom. About 200 people attended.
“That’s when it hit home,” Kreis said Sunday evening, as he talked about the ceremony.
He joins the six-person bench of Administrative Judge Angela Eaves and Judges M. Elizabeth Bowen, Yolanda Curtin, Kevin Mahoney and Paul Ishak.
After being sworn in by Harford Clerk of the Court James Reilly, Kreis was helped into his judicial robe by his wife, Donna, and their son, Dylan, 13. Kreis’ mother, Rose, and his sister and her children also attended, as well as other extended family members, he said.
With the sitting judges on the bench, retired judges in the jury box, his family, elected officials, people he’s worked with and others in the audience, Kreis said he was “very humbled.”
“It’s very humbling listening to what they had to say and knowing I’m getting ready to join them and continue the legacy of those who have come before me,” Kreis, 48, of Fallston, said.
Kreis was appointed Sept. 22 by Gov. Larry Hogan to replace Judge William O. Carr, who retired in May. He was sworn in officially Oct. 19 and has been getting familiar with the position since then.
“It’s an exciting step in my career,” said Kreis, who resigned as deputy counsel of the Contract Litigation Unit at the Maryland Office of the Attorney General once he was appointed judge. “I’m looking forward to continuing to grow and serve the county. It’s the ultimate public service position.”
Kreis also worked as an attorney for 14 years with Stark and Keenan P.A. in Bel Air after serving as a law clerk to Judge Stephen M. Waldron in the Circuit Court for Harford County.
Robert Lynch, a former partner at Stark and Keenan, and Waldron were among those who spoke during Friday’s ceremony. Brian Young, president-elect of the Harford County Bar Association, also spoke.
State Sen. H. Wayne Norman and Dels. Teresa Reilly and Susan McComas presented proclamations. Tiffany Robinson, Gov. Larry Hogan's deputy chief of staff, presented Kreis with his commission on behalf of the governor.