Jonathan Biran Appointed to Court of Appeals

Today Governor Larry Hogan appointed Jonathan Biran to the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Biran will take the seat reserved for the Fifth Appellate Circuit (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties), replacing recently retired Judge Clayton Greene, Jr. This is the second time one of the blog’s original seven editors has been appointed to the state appellate courts.

Governor Hogan’s press release states:

Jonathan Biran was a federal prosecutor for 17 years and is currently a partner at Baker Donelson, a nationally prominent law firm, practicing both criminal defense and appellate law. He worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division. He also served in the U.S. Attorney’s office for Maryland under Rod Rosenstein, working on fraud and public corruption matters. He served on the Maryland Mortgage Fraud Task Force and served as Appellate Chief of the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office from 2010-2013, supervising the appellate work of dozens of assistant U.S. Attorneys. He previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable David F. Levi, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.

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