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Applicants sought for upcoming Md. Court of Special Appeals vacancy

A coming vacancy on Maryland’s second-highest court will be up for grabs among the state’s lawyers and judges who have reached age 30, lived in the state for the past five years and who submit an application by the close of business on Oct. 8.

Court of Special Appeals Judge Robert A. Zarnoch will reach the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70 on Saturday, and the Maryland Judiciary has announced it is accepting applications. Applicants who meet the deadline will be vetted by the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission, which will submit in late November its list of recommended candidates to Gov. Larry Hogan, who will make the appointment.

Zarnoch holds an “at-large” seat on the 15-member court, meaning it is not limited to the resident of a specific county-defined appellate judicial circuit in Maryland but covers the whole state.

Applicants for Zarnoch’s seat will join the names of nine judges or attorneys who have automatically been placed in the pool of candidates before the 17-member nominating commission.

These individuals were nominated for a Court of Special Appeals vacancy within the past two years but were not appointed by then Gov. Martin O’Malley. Under judicial nominating rules, their names are placed in the pool for the next available vacancy on the same court.

These individuals are Prince George’s County Circuit Judge Krystal Quinn Alves; Assistant Maryland Attorney General Cathleen C. Brockmeyer; Baltimore City Circuit Judge Audrey J.S. Carrion; attorney Harriet E. Cooperman, of Saul Ewing LLP in Baltimore; Prince George’s County Circuit Judge Melanie Shaw Geter; attorney Thomas E. Lynch III, of Miles & Stockbridge P.C. in Frederick; attorney J. Bradford McCullough, of Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd. in Bethesda; Prince George’s County Circuit Judge Cathy H. Serrette; and attorney H. Mark Stichel, of Gohn Hankey Stichel & Berlage LLP in Baltimore.