Deputy State's Attorney of Criminal Intelligence
A career prosecutor, Lauren Lipscomb joined the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City in 2003 as a law clerk. Ms. Lipscomb rose through the ranks of the Office of the State’s Attorney handling misdemeanor and felony trials before being appointed as Chief of the Conviction Integrity Unit in March 2015.
As chief, Ms. Lipscomb grew the Conviction Integrity Unit by creating the Conviction Integrity Program which formalized the office’s review of actual innocence claims by developing a series of uniform protocols, intake and review systems garnered from national models as well as acquiring devoted, full time staff. In 2016, Ms. Lipscomb led the re-investigation into State v. Malcolm Bryant which resulted in the revamped unit’s first exoneration. In the years following, Ms. Lipscomb directed the re-investigations leading to the exonerations of ten more individuals who were convicted of crimes that they did not commit yet had served over 200 years of incarceration combined. In 2019, Ms. Lipscomb created an assistance program designed to assist exonerees upon release with referrals for services and participation in the program’s monthly Support Network group facilitated by social workers through a collaboration Ms. Lipscomb established with the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Notably, her work has been cited in national and local news articles including being featured in the November 2021 issue of the New Yorker magazine in an article entitled “When a Witness Recants” authored by Jennifer Gonnerman, which article explores Ms. Lipscomb’s investigation into the case involving three teenagers wrongfully convicted of the tragic murder of a young teen over a Georgetown jacket in 1983.
Appointed as the Deputy State’s Attorney of Criminal Intelligence in 2021, Ms. Lipscomb’s role has grown to not only oversee the office’s most innovative units, including the Conviction Integrity Unit and Public Trust and Police Integrity Unit, but also the Evidence Review Unit, Investigations Unit, and Economic Crimes Unit. Ms. Lipscomb continues working on large scale efforts to broaden the awareness and collaboration around conviction integrity work. In Maryland, Ms. Lipscomb founded the first conviction integrity working group bringing together several Maryland prosecution jurisdictions as well as technical advising funded through a grant awarded by the Bureau of Justice Affairs at the Department of Justice and participation by the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, all working toward a common goal of further developing the area of conviction integrity.
A native and lifelong Marylander, Ms. Lipscomb attended McDonogh School before graduating from the University of Maryland at College Park. Ms. Lipscomb is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and currently serves on the Peer Review Committee of the Attorney Grievance Commission.