Press Release

May 14, 2012
Senators Recommended Judge Russell for Federal Bench to President Obama

WASHINGTONU.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the Senate’s confirmation of Judge George Levi Russell, III to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Senators Mikulski and Cardin recommended Judge Russell, who currently serves as a Circuit Court judge for the City of Baltimore, to President Obama for the federal bench.

“I applaud today’s confirmation of Judge Russell to serve on the U.S. District Court of Maryland, and was proud to recommend him for the job,” Senator Mikulski said. “When I consider nominees for the federal bench, I have four criteria: absolute integrity, judicial competence and temperament; a commitment to core constitutional principles, and a history of civic engagement in Maryland. Judge Russell has not only met these standards, he exceeds them. A look at his background shows that he will bring a different and unique experience to the federal bench, along with an unquestionable competence and preparedness and a deep understanding of how ordinary Americans live. And as a ‘home grown’ Marylander, he will bring the right values to the bench, having a firsthand understanding of what people in their communities face.”

“I was pleased to join Senator Mikulski in supporting Judge Russell for a seat on the United States District Court for Maryland. A second-generation jurist and fellow alumnus of the University of Maryland Law School, Judge Russell possesses the qualifications, temperament, and passion for justice that will make him an outstanding United States District Court Judge,” said Senator Cardin.  “I am confident that Judge Russell will serve the people of Maryland very well in this position based on his strong roots, legal experience, and community involvement in our state.”

Judge Russell will occupy the seat formerly held by Judge Peter Messitte, who took senior status in September 2008.


George Levi Russell, III has spent his entire legal career in the State of Maryland. He currently serves as a Judge on the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, presiding over 2,700 cases in a position he has held since 2007. Prior to taking the bench, he spent his career as a litigator, with 10 years of experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Maryland. Judge Russell received his juris doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law, and upon graduation, served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert Bell, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals.