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9 on short list for 2 judicial vacancies

A Maryland judicial commission has released the pared list of candidates Gov. Martin O’Malley will consider for two vacancies on the Baltimore City Circuit Court.

The Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for Commission District 14 met on June 27 to discuss the candidates and vote on the individuals by secret ballot. Of the original list of 16 candidates released in May, nine potential candidates remain.

Baltimore City District Court judges Nathan Braverman and Jeannie Jinkyung Hong both made the list.

Julie R. Rubin, a name partner with Astrachan Gunst Thomas Rubin PC in Baltimore, remains a candidate for the judicial appointment, along with Donald E. Zaremba, attorney in the Baltimore County Office of the Public Defender.

Also on the list were Miles & Stockbridge PC partner Jeffrey M. Geller, who works on a variety of business and family law matters in their Towson office; Philip S. Jackson, a Baltimore attorney; and Michael W. Reed, an attorney with the Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl.

Two attorneys who were previously nominated by the commission are also under consideration for the positions — Angela D. Shelton with the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore, and Debra A. Thomas, a solo attorney in Baltimore.

The spots were left vacant by the death of Judge John N. Prevas in October 2010 and the elevation of Shirley M. Watts to the Court of Special Appeals in January of this year.

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