Judge Marvin J. Land

Marvin J. Land, a former Baltimore County Circuit Court judge and retired lawyer, died at age 72 from cardiovascular disease according to the Baltimore Sun.

He was appointed to the Baltimore County bench by Governor Mandel in 1971 when he was only in his mid-30s. He left the bench in 1980 and practiced law at Weinberg and Green (now Saul Ewing).

This judge left the bench when I was in middle school, so I never practiced in front of him or even met him. But from reading this Baltimore Sun piece, he sure sounded like a nice guy. You can’t beat nice guy judges.

Judge Land was born in Baltimore and raised on East Barney Street, where his parents owned a grocery store. He was a 1953 graduate of City College.

“While attending law school, Marvin worked as a butcher in his family’s store,” said his wife of 50 years, the former Ina Segal. When his father died, he ran the store while studying law at the University of Baltimore. He graduated in 1958 and earned that year’s top score on the state bar exam, The Sun reported.

Judge Land maintained a private law practice from 1958 until he was appointed as a trial magistrate for the Woodlawn Court by Gov. Spiro T. Agnew in 1967. He held that post until 1971 when Gov. Agnew appointed him to the Baltimore County District Court.