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Obama picks Barbera to fill a vacancy — no, not that one

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

President Barack Obama has nominated Maryland’s top judge to fill a vacancy — on the State Justice Institute’s board of directors.

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, would succeed former New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman on SJI, a nonprofit, grant-awarding clearing house for ideas and methods for improving the administration of justice in state courts. The 11-member board consists of six state-court judges, a state court administrator and four members of the public, all nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

“I am honored to be nominated by President Obama to serve on the State Justice Institute’s board of directors,” Barbera said in a statement Wednesday. “It would be a privilege to work with this unique organization to support our state courts, help address major issues in criminal, civil, juvenile, family, and appellate matters,  encourage innovative solutions and better serve the public.”

If confirmed, Barbera’s term on the board would expire on Sept. 17, 2018.

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