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Judge La Zette C. Ringgold-Kirksey

The Honorable La Zette C. Ringgold-Kirksey is an Associate Judge for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Governor Larry Hogan designated her on April 20, 2022, and her tenure began on May 11, 2022.


Before becoming a Judge, Judge Ringgold-Kirksey was a prosecutor at the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City for over 16 years. As a prosecutor, she rose through the ranks of the Juvenile, Narcotics, General Felony, and Gun Violence Enforcement Divisions. She also prosecuted several homicide cases. She completed her career as a prosecutor as Division Chief of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division. 


Judge Ringgold-Kirksey is a former and was the first law clerk for the Honorable Sylvester B. Cox, a current Judge with whom she proudly serves. Judge Ringgold-Kirksey is an active member and past president (2016-2017) of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, Inc, where she served on various boards. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Monumental City Bar Association, Monumental City Bar Foundation, Inc., and the Bar Association for Baltimore City. 


Judge Ringgold-Kirksey was admitted to the United States Supreme Court in December 2017. She graduated from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1998 with a political science/pre-law degree and from the University of Baltimore School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 2002. Judge Ringgold-Kirksey strongly believes in the power of mentorship and community service and always strives to reach back, give back, and pay it forward.

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