This afternoon, the Administrative Office of the Courts released the list of seventeen applicants seeking to fill the open at-large seat on the Court of Special Appeals:
Honorable Krystal Quinn Alves, Circuit Court for Prince George’s County
Russell Paul Butler, Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. in Upper Marlboro
Kurt James Fischer, Venable LLP in Towson
Rickey Nelson Jones, Law Offices of Rickey Nelson Jones in Baltimore
Steven Michael Klepper, Kramon & Graham in Baltimore
James Bradford McCullough, Lerch, Early & Brewer in Bethesda
Honorable Erik Howard Nyce, District Court of Maryland for Prince George’s County
Michael Patrick Redmond, Chief Solicitor of the Baltimore City Law Department
Eldridge Eugene Rice, Jr., from Randallstown
Steven Lee Tiedemann, Powell Recovery Center, Inc. in Baltimore
Tara Sky Woodward, Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings in Washington, D.C.
Terrence Mark Ranko Zic, Whiteford Taylor Preston in Rockville
**Honorable Judith Claibourne Ensor, Circuit Court for Baltimore County
**Honorable Lawrence Paul Fletcher-Hill, Circuit Court for Baltimore City
**Brian Scott Kleinbord, Office of the State’s Attorney for Montgomery County
**Rachel Theora McGuckian, Miles & Stockbridge in Rockville
**Phillip Robert Zuber, Sasscer Clagett & Bucher in Upper Marlboro
This vacancy was created by the recent retirement of Judge Alexander Wright, Jr. The list includes four trial judges and thirteen attorneys (including two Blog Editors, Steve Klepper and Brad McCullough, neither of whom participated in the preparation or publication of this post). The last five, marked by a double asterisk (**), are pool candidates, having received the Appellate Courts Nominating Commission’s nomination for a prior At-Large Court of Special Appeals vacancy within the past two years; pool candidates receive automatic consideration by the Governor. The remaining applicants will be interviewed by the commission, on February 4 and 5, 2020.
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: Read More…
On Tuesday, the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission interviewed the applicants for the Court of Appeals seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Clayton Greene, Jr. That seat is designated for residents of the Fifth Appellate Judicial Circuit, which includes Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles & St. Mary’s Counties.
Yesterday, the Commission forwarded three nominees to the Governor:
Yesterday was the close date for applications for the Court of Appeals seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Clayton Greene, Jr. Applicants must be residents of the Fifth Appellate Judicial Circuit, which includes Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles & St. Mary’s Counties.
Ten lawyers and judges applied: Read More…
The Court of Appeals ended its arguments on Friday, the last of the September 2018 Term, by congratulating Judge Clayton Greene, Jr. on his forthcoming retirement from the court at the end of this month. As Chief Judge Barbera’s comments reflect, Judge Greene will continue to sit by designation on the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals. Read More…
Governor Larry Hogan issued this press release today:
Brynja McDivitt Booth has been appointed to the Court of Appeals, 1st Appellate Circuit, which includes Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. Ms. Booth is an attorney and shareholder of Booth, Booth, Cropper & Marriner, P.C. and has extensive appellate experience. Ms. Booth is the president of the Maryland Municipal Attorneys Association. She is a frequent speaker on appellate practice and land use. She received her B.A. from Bucknell University, cum laude, and her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, cum laude. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable William S. Horne, Circuit Court for Talbot County.
Edward Gregory Wells had been appointed as an at-large member of the Court of Special Appeals. Judge Wells has served as a judge on the Circuit Court for Calvert County since 2012. Prior to his appointment to that Court, he served as a judge on the District Court of Maryland serving three southern Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s. He also served as Master for Domestic Relations and Juvenile Causes for Calvert County. Judge Wells also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Division of the Office of the Attorney General and was the first African-American to serve as Calvert County State’s Attorney. He received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary and his J.D. from the University of Virginia, School of Law.
Steven Bennett Gould has been appointed to the Court of Special Appeals, 7th Appellate Court (Montgomery County). Mr. Gould is a founding partner of Brown Gould Kiely, LLP. He is a trial lawyer and civil litigator who has litigated, arbitrated, and tried numerous complex commercial litigation cases. He has served as the co-chairperson of the Commercial Litigation Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, and is active in his synagogue, Congregation B’nai Tzedek, where he has served on the board of directors and currently holds the position of general counsel. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law, cum laude.
Brynja McDivitt Booth, Booth, Booth, Cropper & Marriner (Easton)
Joyce Elizabeth Jones, Jones & Suh, LLC (Church Hill)
Carla Lynn Knight, Lynn Knight Law (Centreville)
Jane Chace Miller, Law Office of Jane Chace Miller (Chester)
These four individuals join Christopher F. Drummond, Judge Christopher B. Kehoe, and Judge Brett W. Wilson, who each applied in August of 2018. The Commission intends to meet on January 14, 2019 to review these applications.
As previously reported on the Maryland Appellate Blog, Judge Sally D. Adkins’s retirement left a vacancy on the Court of Appeals, for the First Appellate Judicial Circuit. In August, three submitted applications for the seat – Christopher F. Drummond, Judge Christopher B. Kehoe, and Judge Brett W. Wilson. But, according to the Maryland Courts website, “[t]his vacancy is being re-advertised for new applicants.”
**Correction: As originally posted, this blog post incorrectly stated that the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission had nominated all three existing applicants. In fact, the Commission has yet to make any nominations for this vacancy. This correction has been made.
For direct updates on the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission’s consideration of applications for this vacancy and others, see the Maryland Courts website.