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Brendan A. Hurson, District Judge

101 West Lombard Street
Chambers 3D
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 962-0782

District Judge Hurson received his undergraduate degree in 2000 from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island where he majored in Public and Community Service Studies with a minor in Black Studies.  After college, he served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in California as an advocate for poor and marginalized communities in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.  He later taught middle school at St. Thomas More School in Washington, D.C. 

In 2005, Judge Hurson graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Maryland School of Law where he was a member of the Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class, competed as a member of the National Trial Team, served as president of the Student Bar Association, and was active in the clinical law program.

After graduating law school, Judge Hurson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Margaret B. Seymour of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.  He then worked as an associate at a small law firm in Baltimore where he practiced civil and criminal litigation in state and federal courts.  

In 2007, Judge Hurson joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Baltimore where he defended individuals charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses in Maryland’s federal court.  He was named Senior Litigation Counsel in 2015.  In 2017, Judge Hurson joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the United States Virgin Islands where he represented people charged with violating federal and territorial laws on the islands of St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix.  Judge Hurson returned to Maryland in late 2018 to resume his service at the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Baltimore.  On February 7, 2022, Judge Hurson was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge.  

On March 21, 2023, the President nominated Judge Hurson to serve as a United States District Judge.  The Senate confirmed Judge Hurson's nomination on October 4, 2023, and President Biden signed his commission on Ocober 6, 2023.