The judges of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland are pleased to announce that they have appointed Charles Bruce Anderson to the position of part-time United States Magistrate Judge. Mr. Anderson will take the oath of office at an informal ceremony in March and will be assigned to the M.R. Toulson Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Salisbury, Maryland. A formal ceremony will be held at a later date.
Mr. Anderson, 58, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and resides in Salisbury, Maryland with his wife, Beth. He received his undergraduate degree from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, and his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Anderson clerked for the judges of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, establishing his roots on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. At the end of his clerkship, Mr. Anderson became an associate at the Law Office of Robert B. Fine. In 1995, he accepted a position with Webster & Webster, P.A. In 1998, Mr. Anderson opened his own practice in downtown Salisbury, where his practice is predominately criminal defense work.
Part-time United States Magistrate Judges are appointed by the district judges for a term of four years and are eligible for reappointment to successive terms. The position filled by Mr. Anderson became open when U.S. Magistrate Judge Victor H. Laws III announced his retirement from the bench effective March 21, 2012. A merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community reviewed all qualified applications before recommending a slate of candidates to the full bench for review.