Gov. Larry Hogan will mull over the names of 16 attorneys and lower-court judges vying for the Court of Special Appeals seat left vacant in July when Judge Robert A. Zarnoch reached the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70.
The Judicial Appellate Nominating Commission forwarded the names to the governor from among 27 applicants. The commission met for two days last month to create its list.
Zarnoch held an “at large” seat on the 15-member intermediate appeals court, meaning the seat is not limited to a resident of a specific county-defined appellate judicial circuit in Maryland but covers the whole state.
Nine of the final 16 were guaranteed advancement to Hogan’s desk, having been recommended by the commission for a different Court of Special Appeals vacancy within the past two years but were not appointed by then-Gov. Martin O’Malley.
These nine candidates 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 PC 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.
The other candidates before Hogan are attorney Andrew H. Baida of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP in Baltimore; Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley; Baltimore County Circuit Judge Judith C. Ensor; attorney Karen Louise Federman Henry of the Office of the Montgomery County Attorney; Calvert County Circuit Judge E. Gregory Wells; Baltimore City Circuit Judge Pamela J. White; and attorney Martin E. Wolf of Gordon Wolf & Carney Chtd. in Towson.
Hogan has not indicated when he will make his appointment.