Outstanding Alumni Award - Mark Baldwin
Mark Baldwin received his B.S. degree in criminal justice in 1984, after graduating in just three years with an exceptional 3.6 GPA. He received his juris doctorate degree from Widener University in 1987 and went on to become an assistant district attorney in Berks County from November 1987 through December 1991. He researched case law, prepared motions and petition orders, as well as trial and appellate briefs. However, most of his attention was focused on trials, including homicide, burglary, drug enforcement, public corruption and child abuse.
In 1991, Baldwin was elected to serve as Berks County district attorney-at 29, the youngest district attorney in Pennsylvania history. He was charged with the responsibility of managing a $7 million dollar budget and supervising more than hundred full-time employees, including assistant district attorneys, county detectives and support staff. The office handled more than 10,000 cases each year. In addition to supervising the handing of criminal cases, he guided day-to-day personnel administration, recruitment, training, discipline and promotions, as well as budgeting and strategic planning.
Baldwin continued to maintain an active caseload, focusing his attention on particularly challenging cases, including murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, child pornography, drug trafficking, computer crime, public corruption and white collar crime. Baldwin supervised wiretaps, complex criminal investigations and argued cases before the Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania. Moreover, he secured death penalty verdicts in seven cases-to be sure, a sobering legal and personal endeavor.
In January 2008, he entered private practice. In December 2008, he was appointed deputy chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). He provides legal advice to PLCB board members as well as bureau directors and the chief legal counsel. Beyond that, he supervises and manages staff attorneys, drafts board opinions, reviews contracts and real estate leases, grants applications and awards, handles employment actions, and represents the PLCB in appeals from agency decisions in state and federal courts. His duties also include serving as the PLCB liaison to the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.
Baldwin's contributions to his field have been exceptiomal. The faculty members of the Department of Criminal Justice are proud of his achievements and public service, and most pleased to grant him the Outstanding Graduate Award.