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Twenty seek seat on Court of Special Appeals

Sixteen attorneys and judges have applied for the Court of Special Appeals seat left vacant when Judge Ellen L. Hollander was confirmed to the U.S. District Court in Baltimore last December. They join four judges who are already in the nomination pool.

The new applicants are:

– Andrew H. Baida, of Rosenberg|Martin|Greenberg LLP in Baltimore;

– Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley;

– Bruce M. Bender, of Axelson, Williamowsky, Bender & Fishman PC in Rockville;

– Baltimore City Circuit Judge Stuart R. Berger;

– David K. Bowersox of Hoffman, Comfort, Offutt & Scott LLP in Westminster;

– Russell P. Butler, executive director of Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center Inc.;

– William J. Chen Jr., of Chen, Walsh, Tecler & McCabe LLP in Rockville;

– Harriett E. Cooperman, of Saul Ewing LLP in Baltimore;

– Karen L. Federman Henry, of the Montgomery County attorney’s office;

– Daniel A. Friedman, counsel for the General Assembly;

– Former Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Ronald H. Jarashow;

– J. Bradford McCullough, of Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd. in Bethesda;

– Robert N. McDonald, chair of the Maryland attorney general’s pro bono program committee;

– H. Mark Stichel, a partner at Gohn, Hankey & Stichel LLP in Baltimore;

– Jack C. Tranter, of Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP in Baltimore; and

– Wayne M. Willoughby, of Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith LLC in Baltimore.

A 17-member Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission will interview the candidates and winnow the list at a meeting scheduled for Oct. 25 and 26. The commission’s list will be submitted to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who ultimately selects the judge.

People who made the nominating commission’s list for earlier vacancies on the same court remain in the pool for two years. Current pool candidates, who are considered automatically, are:

– Baltimore City Circuit Judge Audrey J.S. Carrion;

– Prince George’s County Circuit Judge Toni E. Clarke;

– Prince George’s County Circuit Judge Melanie Marva Shaw Geter; and

– Baltimore City Circuit Judge Pamela J. White.