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Lorenson to be sworn today

By Staff | Dec 14, 2012

Michael Douglas Lorensen will be sworn in as West Virginia’s newest circuit judge today at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town.

He will begin work that day as a judge for the 23rd Judicial Circuit, which encompasses Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

Chief Circuit Judge David H. Sanders will conduct the oath of office.

A public investiture ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Berkeley County Judicial Center in Martinsburg. West Virginia 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes will conduct the oath of office in that ceremony. A public ceremony also will be scheduled at a later date in Morgan County.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Lorensen Nov. 16 to fill a vacancy created earlier this year when Judge Gina Groh was named to the federal bench in the Northern District of West Virginia.

Lorensen is a partner at Bowles Rice in Martinsburg. He was a reporter at The Dominion Post in Morgantown before he attended West Virginia University College of Law. He is a former law clerk to U.S. District Judge Charles Haden II and is a current member of the West Virginia Judicial Hearing Board. He is a former president and board member of the Shenandoah Community Health Center. Lorensen lives in Martinsburg with his wife, Maria, and their children, William and Lauree.