MAX H. LAUTEN
1952 - 2010
Max Lauten was a talented litigator who thoroughly enjoyed the practice of law. His persuasive manner, unflappable style and quick wit made him popular with lawyers on both sides of the table.
Max was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973, and his juris doctor from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta in 1976. Throughout college and law school, Max was an avid rugby player and was, in fact, a founding member of the Emory University Rugby Club. Max later enjoyed coaching his son and daughter in their athletic pursuits. He was a great family man who looked forward to any time he could spend with Jill, Matthew and Melissa, especially their annual family vacations in Bethany Beach, Delaware.
In 1976, Max began his legal career with the U.S. Department of Justice. He litigated civil tax cases and earned the Outstanding Attorney Award in 1980. The following year, Max took off to travel around the world. His adventures included working at a kibbutz in Israel and at a cotton farm in Australia. After he returned to the United States in 1982, Max became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Maryland where he served as Chief of the Criminal Division for more than three years. In 1989, Max joined Kramon & Graham where he became a principal in 1991. Max was an important member of the firm both professionally and personally. He is greatly missed by lawyers and staff alike.
When Max left U.S. Attorney’s Office for private practice, he willingly accepted Criminal Justice Act appointments. Max had a great sense of integrity and a deep respect for the criminal justice system. In accordance with those beliefs, Max served all of his clients with the same respect and vigilant representation. He felt strongly that public service was not just an obligation, but a privilege. He served both the public and private sector with equal enthusiasm.
After Max’s death in 2010, his friends and colleagues established the Max H. Lauten Memorial Endowment to commemorate Max’s dedication to public service. The Endowment will fund internships in public service for University of Maryland law students and acknowledge the generous spirit and remarkable life of Max H. Lauten.
Contributions to the Max H. Lauten Memorial Endowment can be made online at www.umaryland.edu/giving or can be made payable to the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc., and mailed to the School of Law at 500 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.