Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday appointed Assistant Anne Arundel County Attorney Kemp Walden Hammond to the district court in the county.
Hammond, who has served in the county attorney’s office since 2015, will be the first judge to serve on a district court seat the General Assembly created in 2019.
“The appointment of qualified individuals to serve across our state’s justice system is paramount to upholding our responsibilities to the people of Maryland and the rule of law,” Hogan said in a statement. “Mr. Hammond will be a strong advocate for the law and will serve the citizens of Anne Arundel County and the State of Maryland admirably.”
Hammond, a University of Baltimore School of Law graduate, is a former associate at Gormly Jarashow Bowman LLC in Annapolis, where he litigated in state and federal courts, according to a biography from the governor’s office. Hammond, who joined the Maryland bar in 2008, became an assistant Anne Arundel County state’s attorney in 2015.
Hammond was among 13 applicants for the new seat, a list pared and submitted to Hogan by the 13-member Trial Courts Nominating Commission for Anne Arundel County.
The governor chose Hammond from among four finalists.