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11 seek seat on Montgomery Circuit Court

Four Maryland District Court judges, a master, and six lawyers — including the spouse of a Court of Appeals judge and the daughter of a former cabinet member — have applied for a seat on the Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Judges J. Michael Conroy Jr., Gary G. Everngam, James B. Sarsfield and William G. Simmons are seeking to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Durke G. Thompson. So is Joan E. Ryon, a master in the circuit court’s Family Division.

Attorney applicants include Anne K. Albright of Albright & Rhodes LLC in Rockville, whose mother served as secretary of state under President Bill Clinton; and Gary E. Bair, of Bennett & Bair LLC in Greenbelt. Bair, a former solicitor general for the Maryland attorney general, is married to Court of Appeals Judge Mary Ellen Barbera.

The list also includes John F.X. Costello, of John F.X. Costello & Associates LLC in Largo; David K. Felsen, of Greenberg, Felsen & Sargent LLC in Rockville; Steven B. Gould, of Brown & Gould LLP in Bethesda; and Montgomery County Public Defender Brian D. Shefferman.

A 13-member judicial nominating commission will interview the candidates, then meet on Sept. 27 to decide which names to forward to Gov. Martin O’Malley. The governor traditionally appoints a judge from the commission’s list.

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