Five Apply for Prince George’s County COSA Seat
The applicants for Judge Hotten’s former spot on the Court of Special Appeals have been announced, and, with five total, there is about 80 percent less interest than the at-large seat that 27 bench-seekers vied for in October. Granted, Judge Hotten’s position is limited to those living in Prince George’s County — which is not a place that seems to generate many appellate aspirants as of late. But the timing does give three of the county’s circuit court judges a chance to double-dip in the appointment process.
As we noted when the nominations for Judge Zarnoch’s at-large seat were named in September, three finalists from the Prince George’s County Circuit Court are also eligible for Judge Hotten’s seat, and, not surprisingly, all three applied for it: The Hon. Krystal Quinn Alves, The Hon. Melanie Shaw Geter, and The Hon. Cathy Hollenberg Serrette. Two others, Erika Louise Pierson and Phillip R. Zuber, have thrown their names in the hat. Assuming the Internet has correctly identified this as her, Ms. Pierson has spent almost 10 years as an administrative law judge for the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings, and Mr. Zuber is a partner at Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher. Now, the Appellate Courts Judicial Nominating Commission gets to work while Gov. Hogan finds time during the General Assembly session to sort through the crowd of nominees for the at-large position.