U.S. Senate confirms Grimm to federal bench

Daily Record Legal Affairs Writer//December 3, 2012

U.S. Senate confirms Grimm to federal bench

By Steve Lash

//Daily Record Legal Affairs Writer

//December 3, 2012

The U.S. Senate on Monday evening confirmed Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul W. Grimm to a seat on the U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

The vote was 92-1 in favor, with only Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., opposing the nomination.

Grimm will succeed Judge Benson E. Legg, who took senior status in June.

President Barack Obama nominated Grimm for the district court on Feb. 16.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., praised Grimm from the Senate floor Monday as a nominee with the integrity and temperament for the job, and said he was held “in high regard” by the state’s legal community.

Grimm, who has written and lectured extensively on the admissibility and pretrial discovery of electronically stored information, has served as a U.S. magistrate judge in Baltimore since February 1997 and chief judge since May 6, 2006.

“It is an honor to have been nominated by the president,” Grimm said after the Senate vote. “To be given this opportunity to continue to serve the public is the most humbling experience of my life.”

He said he hopes to be sworn in this week.

Before becoming a magistrate judge, Grimm was a commercial litigator in private practice in Baltimore for 13 years. Before that, he was an assistant Maryland attorney general from 1981 to 1984 and assistant Baltimore County state’s attorney from 1980 to 1981.

Grimm, 60, served as a captain in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps after graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1976.


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