Ehrlich appoints judges for city, Charles County


Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. appointed two new city District Court judges yesterday and one new Charles County District Court judge. He also reappointed Ben C. Clyburn as chief judge of the District Court of Maryland.

The new city judges are Joan Bossman Gordon and James L. Mann Jr, both Baltimore residents who have long histories of legal work.

Gordon is an administrative law judge for the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings in Hunt Valley and previously worked as a public defender for Baltimore County.

Mann opened a law firm in Towson in 1990, and he has spent decades practicing civil and criminal litigation as well as workers compensation and estate law. He also is an ordained permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Mann, father of nine children, is assigned to the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier in Hunt Valley.

The experience and ability of Gordon and Mann "will further the best interests of the citizens of the City of Baltimore and the judicial system during their respective terms," Ehrlich said in a statement.

Gordon is replacing Judge Gale E. Rasin, whom Ehrlich named to the city Circuit Court this summer. Mann is replacing Clyburn, who was named chief judge of the District Court last month by Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell. Ehrlich yesterday reappointed Clyburn to a 10-year term as a District Court judge.

Ehrlich also appointed a new district judge for Charles County. W. Louis Hennessy is a Republican member of the House of Delegates representing the 28th District in Charles County.

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