In late February, we sat down via zoom with Judge Gregory Wells, to learn more about him, his path to the bench and his chambers in Prince Frederick. What we did not know at that time, was that Governor Hogan was preparing to announce, the day after our interview, that he is appointing Judge Wells to be the next Chief Judge of the court. In that role, he will succeed Chief Judge Matthew Fader, who will be elevated to the Court of Appels in April. That we were able to profile Judge Wells at such a moment was, in a word often and graciously used by him in this interview, “serendipitous.”Read More…
In May, Blog Editor Derek Stikeleather sat down with Judge Daniel A. Friedman of the Court of Special Appeals (At-Large), to ask about his background, his chambers and law clerks, and how he prepares for oral arguments and writes his opinions.
What has best prepared you for your work as a judge on the Court of Special Appeals?
Three sources of my background practice prepared me for judging. I was a “big-firm” private civil litigator at Miles & Stockbridge and at Saul Ewing. I did public/government litigation both at the Baltimore City Solicitor’s Office and for the Maryland Attorney General. These two types of work required different expertise, both of which are helpful now. On the academic side, I focused on teaching and writing about constitutional law at the University of Maryland School of Law. These three branches of my legal experience each developed different parts of my foundation as a judge, but none of the three was more important than the others.