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The Judicial Nominating Commissions select and nominate to the Governor persons found by the Commission to be legally and most fully professionally qualified to fill a vacancy. The table includes all current vacancies. Once the close date to a vacancy passes, the names of all applicants will be listed. The public is encouraged to participate in the selection process by submitting written and signed comments concerning the qualifications of an applicant to The Judicial Nominating Commission, c/o The Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources, Maryland Judicial Center, 580 Taylor Avenue, Building A, First Floor, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. The comments must be received at least one week prior to the commission meeting date shown in the table below.

The Nominating Commission meets to interview all candidates. Thereafter a voting session takes place and the names of nominees are reported to the Governor. This usually occurs the same day or morning after the Commission meets. As soon as the names have been reported to the Governor this chart is updated to reflect the names of those nominated to a vacancy.

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this table. Please recognize, however, that this list does not constitute official notification of individuals nominated for, or appointed to, a judicial vacancy. Rather, the official list of candidates for a vacancy is compiled by the Administrative Office of the Courts and sent to the Governor's Office. The Governor's Office officially notifies the appointed individual and releases an official notice to the public. When an appointment to a vacancy is announced by the Governor's Office, the name is highlighted in red.


Court Reason for Vacancy Close Date
4:30 p.m.
Applicants
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Appointed
(Date of Appointment)

Circuit Court for Prince George's County Retirement of the Honorable Larnzell Martin, Jr.; Elevation of the Honorable Melanie M. Shaw Geter; New Judgeship - Enactment of Chapter 91 (2016 General Assembly Legislative Session) 7/13/16 **Honorable Clayton Anthony Aarons
**Honorable Brian Charles Denton
**Peter Kevin Killough
**Honorable Thurman Haywood Rhodes
**William Antoine Snoddy
**Judy Lynn Woodall
8/22/16    
Circuit Court for Montgomery County New Judgeships (2)
Enactment of Chapter 91 (2016 General Assembly Legislative Session)
7/14/16

**James Alfred Bonifant
**Debra Lynn Dwyer
**Gerald William Heller
**David Warren Lease
**Honorable Patricia Lynn Mitchell
**Samantha M. Williams
**Clark Emanuel Wisor, III

8/19/16    
District Court for Calvert County Upcoming Retirement of the Honorable Robert B. Riddle 7/11/16   8/26/16    
Circuit Court for Frederick County Retirement of the Honorable G. Edward Dwyer, Jr. 2/9/16

Dino Ernesto Flores, Jr.
John Christopher Hanrahan
Belinda Cooper Matlock
Howard Leslie Metz
Richard Sandy
Joseph Charles Smith, III
Margaret Alice Teahan

3/14/16 Dino Ernesto Flores, Jr.
Howard Leslie Metz
Richard Sandy
Margaret Alice Teahan
Richard Sandy (6/13/16)
District Court for Frederick County Retirement of the Honorable Janice R. Ambrose 3/31/16

Kathleen Ann Chapman
Dino Ernesto Flores, Jr.
Matthew John Frawley
John Christopher Hanrahan
Belinda Cooper Matlock
Howard Leslie Metz
Julia Ann Minner
Richard Sandy
Margaret Alice Teahan

5/17/16 Dino Ernesto Flores, Jr.
Julia Ann Minner
Richard Sandy
Margaret Alice Teahan
Dino Ernesto Flores, Jr. (6/13/16)
District Court for Baltimore County Retirement of the Honorable Barbara R. Jung; Upcoming Retirement of the Honorable Alexandra N. Williams 6/9/16

Sheryl D. H. Atkins
Michael Salvatore Barranco
Susan Anne Bechtel
Andrew Michael Belt
Harold Lee Burgin
Alan Royce Lee Bussard
Robert Alec Cohen
Bruce Edelman Friedman
Garret Peter Glennon
Debra Jill Green
Michael B. Hamburg
Kendra Randall Jolivet
Ari Jason Kodeck
Edwin Stanton MacVaugh
Mala Malhotra-Ortiz
Michael A. Mastracci
Lisa Ann Phelps
Karen Ann Pilarski
Keith Dana Pion
Ernest Michael Reitz
Kirk Seaman
Lisa Yvette Settles
Ephraim R. Siff
Daniel Bernard Trimble
Rodney Clinton Warren
Allan James Webster
Susan Chambers Zellweger
**Andrew Gerard Bailey
**Andrew Martin Battista
**Adam Sean Cohen
**Thomas Scott Hood
**Elise Song Kurlander
**Kevin Paul Murphy
**Jill Pickett Savage

7/28/16    
Circuit Court for Cecil County Retirement of the Honorable V. Michael Whelan 5/11/16

William Wardell Davis, Jr.
Edwin Benjamin Fockler, IV
Edward Dorsey Ellis Rollins, III
Michael Dwayne Smigiel

6/2/16 William Wardell Davis, Jr.
Edwin Benjamin Fockler, IV
Edward Dorsey Ellis Rollins, III
 
District Court for Cecil County Retirement of the Honorable Stephen J. Baker 5/11/16

Clara Eva Campbell
William Wardell Davis, Jr.
Edwin Benjamin Fockler, IV
Stephanie Diebold Hamilton
Michael Dwayne Smigiel

6/2/16 Clara Eva Campbell
William Wardell Davis, Jr.
Edwin Benjamin Fockler, IV
 
Court of Appeals
(Third Appellate Judicial Circuit - Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard and Washington Counties)
Retirement of the Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia 3/17/16

Honorable Theresa Mary Adams
Honorable Donald E. Beachley
Honorable Richard Scott Bernhardt
Karen Louise Federman Henry
Joseph Michael Getty
Honorable Kathryn Grill Graeff
Andrew David Levy
Thomas Edward Lynch, III
Steven Lee Tiedemann (withdrew)

4/25/16 Honorable Donald E. Beachley
Joseph Michael Getty
Honorable Kathryn Grill Graeff
Andrew David Levy
Thomas Edward Lynch, III
Joseph Michael Getty (6/1/16)
Court of Special Appeals (Fourth Appellate Judicial Circuit - Prince George's County) Elevation of the Honorable Michele D. Hotten to the Court of Appeals 2/10/16

Honorable Krystal Quinn Alves
Erika Louise Pierson (withdrew)
Honorable Cathy Hollenberg Serrette
Honorable Melanie Marva Shaw Geter
Phillip Robert Zuber

3/21/16 Honorable Cathy Hollenberg Serrette
Honorable Melanie Marva Shaw Geter
Phillip Robert Zuber
Honorable Melanie Marva Shaw Geter (6/1/16)
Court of Special Appeals (At Large)

Retirement of the Honorable Robert A. Zarnoch

10/8/15

Andrew Howard Baida
Honorable Keith Andrew Baynes
Honorable Donald E. Beachley
Gardner Mareen Duvall
Honorable Judith Claibourne Ensor
Maury Steven Epner
Karen Louise Federman Henry
Nancy Susanne Forster
Raymond Albert Hein
Thomas Paul Johnson, III
Rickey Nelson Jones
Kimm Hudley Massey
Honorable Devy Patterson Russell
John Melvin Seeberger
Honorable Edward Gregory Wells
Thomas George Welshko
Honorable Pamela Janice White
Martin Eugene Wolf
**Honorable Krystal Quinn Alves
**Cathleen Cawley Brockmeyer **Honorable Audrey J. S. Carrion
**Harriet Ellen Cooperman (withdrew)
**Honorable Melanie Shaw Geter
**Thomas Edward Lynch, III
**James Bradford McCullough **Honorable Cathy Hollenberg Serrette
**Henry Mark Stichel

11/19/15 & 11/20/15 Andrew Howard Baida
Honorable Donald E. Beachley
Honorable Judith Claibourne Ensor
Karen Louise Federman Henry
Honorable Edward Gregory Wells
Honorable Pamela Janice White
Martin Eugene Wolf
**Honorable Krystal Quinn Alves
**Cathleen Cawley Brockmeyer **Honorable Audrey J. S. Carrion
**Harriet Ellen Cooperman (withdrew)**Honorable Melanie Shaw Geter
**Thomas Edward Lynch, III
**James Bradford McCullough **Honorable Cathy Hollenberg Serrette
**Henry Mark Stichel
Honorable Donald E. Beachley (6/1/16)
District Court for Baltimore City Retirement of the Honorable Jamey H. Hueston; Upcoming Retirement of the Honorable Miriam B. Hutchins 6/1/16 Erik Samuel Atas
Laurie Bennett
Kristin Elizabeth Blumer
Richard Herbert Boucher, Jr.
Jill Priscilla Carter
Catherine Chen
Thomas Joseph Dolina
Charlene Deneen Dukes
Robert Louis Durocher, Jr.
Stephan Wayne Fogleman
Roya May Hanna
Kay Natalie Harding
Geoffrey Giles Hengerer
Darren Lee Kadish
Dana Kent Karangelen
Zakia Mahasa
Kimberly Charon McBride
Dana Michele Middleton
Katie Murphy O'Hara
Brian Marshall Spern
Michael Stephen Studdard
Deborah Yvette Warner-Dennis **Charles Mario Blomquist
**Syeetah Ann Hampton-El
**Quinton Milo Herbert
**Carol Magid Johnson
**Lydia Susan Robinson
**Jennifer Bridget Schiffer
**Nicole Rene Egerton Taylor
7/21/16


 
District Court for Prince George's County Elevation of the Honorable Karen H. Mason; Elevation of the Honorable Erik H. Nyce 3/23/16

LaKeecia Renee Allen
Wendell Vann Bates
Bryon Seth Bereano
Ada Elizabeth Clark-Edwards
Gerald A. A. Collins
Michael Charles Conway
Wytonja LaCheryl Curry
Alisia Ferguson
Athena Malloy Groves
Althea Rebecca Stewart Jones
Darryl Armfield Kelley
ShaRon Marie Grayson Kelsey
Alison Yvette Leonard-Leech
Donnaka Varner Lewis
Kimberly Vicena Lewis
Anthony Darryl Mayo
Dolores Dorsainvil Nicolas
Carolyn Starks Saxon
Benjamin Jeremy Woolery
**Charles Joseph Kenny
**Elveta Michele Martin
**Charles Michael Walls
**Dennis Whitley, III

5/3/16

LaKeecia Renee Allen
Bryon Seth Bereano
Ada Elizabeth Clark-Edwards
Gerald A. A. Collins
Michael Charles Conway
Wytonja LaCheryl Curry
ShaRon Marie Grayson Kelsey
Alison Yvette
Leonard-Leech
Donnaka Varner Lewis
**Charles Joseph Kenny
**Elveta Michele Martin
**Charles Michael Walls
**Dennis Whitley, III

 
Circuit Court for Caroline County Retirement of the Honorable Karen A. Murphy Jensen 3/7/16

Nicholas Taylor Iliff, Jr.
Maureen Derrig Keogh
Jonathan Gray Newell
Walter Butler Palmer
Heather Lynne Price
Robert Alan Thornton, Jr.

4/6/16

Maureen Derrig Keogh
Jonathan Gray Newell
Robert Alan Thornton, Jr.
 
Circuit Court for Wicomico County
NOTE: The Circuit Court Judge in Wicomico County will preside over cases in Wicomico and Dorchester Counties, shared equally between the two counties.
Retirement of the Honorable W. Newton Jackson, III 11/5/15

Jeffrey Ewen Badger
Robert Alan Benson
Melvin Joseph Caldwell, Jr.
Connie Lynn Godfrey Marvel
Matthew Allen Maciarello
William Seth Mitchell
Mark Andrew Tyler

12/16/15

Jeffrey Ewen Badger
Matthew Allen Maciarello
Mark Andrew Tyler

 

**Individuals who were nominated for a judicial vacancy but who were not appointed by the Governor become part of a pool that will be considered automatically for each vacancy on the same court occurring within two years after submission of the initial list.