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Four Apply for Maryland Court of Appeals

Three appellate judges and one lawyer have applied for the Court of Appeals vacancy that will arise when Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty turns 70 this coming April. This seat on the State’s highest court is for the Third Appellate Judicial Circuit, which includes Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard and Washington Counties. The applicants are:

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Seven Apply for Court of Appeals Vacancy (Harford and Baltimore Counties)

Three judges and four lawyers have applied for the Court of Appeals vacancy that will arise when Judge Robert McDonald turns 70 this coming February.

The applicants are:

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Ten apply for Montgomery County COSA Seat

Five judges and five practitioners have applied for the vacancy created on the Court of Special Appeals when Governor Hogan elevated Judge Steven Gould to the Court of Appeals.

The applicants are:

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Governor Appoints Getty as New Chief, Elevates Gould to COA, Signals Fast Action on Upcoming Vacancies

Governor Larry Hogan today appointed Judge Joseph Getty, who reaches mandatory retirement age in April 2022, to serve as Maryland’s new chief judge for the next seven months. The Governor also appointed Court of Special Appeals Judge Steven Gould to fill the Montgomery County seat on the Court of Appeals. The press release, quoted below, also states that the Governor will immediately begin the process to fill upcoming February and April vacancies on the Court of Appeals.

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Four Nominated to fill Maryland Court of Appeals vacancy

To fill the vacancy on the Maryland Court of Appeals, the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission nominated these four applicants:

Honorable Sharon Veronica Burrell, Circuit Court for Montgomery County
Honorable Steven Bennett Gould, Court of Special Appeals
James Bradford McCullough, Lerch, Early & Brewer in Bethesda
Honorable Terrence Mark Ranko Zic, Court of Special Appeals

This vacancy was created by the retirement of Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. Our prior post, introducing all of the applicants for this vacancy, is here.

Note: Although Brad McCullough is a member of the Maryland Appellate Blog’s editorial board, he is not participating in the Blog’s coverage of this vacancy.

Biden to Nominate Virginia SG Heytens to Fourth Circuit

President Biden today announced his fifth round of judicial nominees, including Virginia Solicitor General Toby Heytens, his first nominee to the Fourth Circuit. The announcement states:

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Meet the Applicants for the Court of Appeals (Montgomery County)

Six applicants (two appellate judges, three trial judges, and one private practitioner) have applied for the Court of Appeals vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, who reaches mandatory retirement age this September. Applicants must be residents of Montgomery County.

The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission will meet on August 2, 2021, and forward nominees to Governor Larry Hogan.

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Congress Considers Creating New Federal Appellate Seats, and the Usual Political Arguments Emerge.

By John Grimm

The House Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing to consider creating additional federal judgeships, including the addition of new appellate-court seats.[1] The hearing revealed bipartisan concern that rising caseloads—and the growing backlogs they produce—threaten litigants’ access to the courthouse. At the appellate level, courts have grappled with increasing workloads by giving more power to staff attorneys to manage low-profile cases. Witnesses also cited curtailed oral arguments and a proliferation of unpublished decisions as casualties of appellate court overload.

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Judge Laura Ripken Appointed to Court of Special Appeals

Today, Governor Larry Hogan appointed Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Laura Sue Ripken to the Court of Special Appeals. She was one of four nominees forwarded by the Appellate Courts Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Timothy Meredith.

Governor Hogan’s press release states:

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Four Nominated to fill Court of Special Appeals Vacancy

This afternoon, the Appellate Courts Judicial Nominating Commission interviewed the applicants seeking to fill the vacancy created by Judge Meredith’s retirement from the Court of Special Appeals. The Commission nominated these four:

Jeremy Mark McCoy (Assistant Attorney General, General Assembly Counsel)
William Edward Nolan (U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division)
Honorable Laura Sue Ripken (Anne Arundel County Circuit Court)
Edward Hutchinson Robbins, Jr. (Miles & Stockbridge)

The Commission’s Nominees Pool list is posted here. Our prior post, introducing all of the applicants for this vacancy, is here.