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2 judges, 5 lawyers seek vacant seat on Md.’s high court

Two judges and five lawyers have applied for a seat on Maryland’s top court.

Hoping to succeed retired Court of Appeals Judge Sally D. Adkins are Court of Special Appeals Judge Christopher B. Kehoe; Dorchester County Circuit Judge Brett W. Wilson; and attorneys Brynja McDivitt Booth, of Booth, Booth, Cropper & Marriner P.C. in Easton; Christopher F. Drummond, a Centreville solo practitioner; Joyce Elizabeth Jones, of Jones & Suh LLC in Church Hill; C. Lynn Knight, of the Law Office of Lynn Knight in Centreville; and Jane Chace Miller, a Chester solo practitioner.

Adkins, who held the Eastern Shore seat on the high court, retired from the bench Oct. 31 but has been sitting by special assignment until Gov. Larry Hogan appoints a successor.

When first announced, the high court vacancy attracted only three applicants – Kehoe, Wilson and Drummond. The vacancy was subsequently readvertised for more candidates, who met a Dec. 26 deadline for applying.

The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission will vet and winnow the list of candidates before submitting names to Hogan for his consideration. The governor need not choose the nominee from among those recommended, but it has been gubernatorial practice for nearly 50 years.

Hogan’s selection will be subject to Senate confirmation.

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