President Joe Biden on Monday nominated two Baltimore men — a former public defender and a longtime federal prosecutor — to the federal bench in Maryland following his pledge to appoint judges with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Biden named Brendan Hurson and Matthew Maddox to the 10-member U.S. District Court for Maryland. Both men have been magistrate judges for the federal district court in Maryland since last year.
If he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Hurson would become the second Biden appointee on the Maryland federal bench to have been a federal public defender. Before becoming a Baltimore-based U.S. magistrate, Hurson worked for years in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Baltimore, and later in the U.S. Virgin Islands, representing defendants unable to afford private counsel.
Maddox is a former assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland. He graduated from Morgan State University, a historically Black school in Baltimore, in 1999 and subsequently became a Fulbright Scholar and taught high school through the Teach for America program before getting his law degree from Yale Law School in 2011, according to his federal court biography.
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