Seven judges and 20 attorneys are vying for a seat on Maryland’s intermediate appellate court that will become vacant on May 5.
That’s the date when Court of Special Appeals Chief Judge Peter B. Krauser reaches the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70. The person filling the vacancy will not necessarily be named chief, as that decision rests with Gov. Larry Hogan. But if Hogan does not name that person chief, the governor will have to elevate a current judge on the Court of Special Appeals to the top spot.
Four of the judges and four of the attorneys are already finalists to fill the vacancy, having had their names sent to Hogan’s desk – but rejected – for other vacant seats on the Court of Special Appeals within the past two years.
The four judges are Judith C. Ensor, of Baltimore County; Cathy H. Serrette, of Prince George’s County; E. Gregory Wells, of Calvert County; and Pamela J. White, of Baltimore city.
The four attorneys are Andrew H. Baida, of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP in Baltimore; Assistant Maryland Attorney General Karen Federman Henry; Martin E. Wolf, of Gordon, Wolf & Carney Chtd. in Towson; and Phillip R. Zuber, of Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher in Upper Marlboro.
The remaining three judges and 16 attorneys will be vetted by the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission. From those candidates, the 17-member panel will submit additional names for Hogan’s consideration for filling the vacancy.
Hogan is not bound to pick the judge from the submitted list, though it is gubernatorial custom.
The three judges are Krystal Quinn Alves and Sean D. Wallace, both of the Prince George’s County Circuit Court, and Claudia A. Barber, an administrative law judge in Washington, D.C.
The 16 attorneys are R. Stewart Barroll, of Cookerly & Barroll LLC in Chestertown; Assistant Maryland Attorneys General Cathleen C. Brockmeyer, Matthew J. Fader and Jeremy M. McCoy; Joseph Edward Carey, a Bowie solo practitioner; Gardner M. Duvall, of Whiteford Taylor Preston in Baltimore; Kurt James Fischer, of Venable LLP in Baltimore; former Maryland Public Defender Nancy S. Forster; Dorchester County State’s Attorney William H. Jones; Assistant Montgomery County State’s Attorney Brian S. Kleinbord; Steven M. Klepper, of Kramon & Graham P.A. in Baltimore; Erik Gerrard Light, a Montgomery Village lawyer; J. Bradford McCullough, of Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd. in Bethesda; Michelle R. Mitchell, of Wharton Levin Ehrmantraut & Klein in Annapolis; Paul D. Raschke, of Nusinov Smith LLP in Baltimore; and H. Mark Stichel, of Gohn Hankey Stichel & Berlage LLP in Baltimore.
Each of the candidates met a 4:30 p.m. Thursday deadline for filing their candidacy for the at-large seat.