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Hogan names three to appeals courts

ANNAPOLIS – Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday named Easton lawyer Brynja McDivitt Booth to serve on Maryland’s top court.

Booth, of the law firm Booth, Booth, Cropper & Marriner P.C., will succeed Judge Sally D. Adkins, who stepped down Oct. 31 but has continued serving on the Court of Appeals by special assignment while awaiting her successor.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected by Governor Hogan to fill the Eastern Shore seat on the Court of Appeals,” Booth, 46, stated in an email message. “I look forward to serving the citizens of Maryland for many years.”

Hogan also has elevated Calvert County Circuit Judge E. Gregory Wells and Bethesda attorney Steven B. Gould to the intermediate Court of Special Appeals.

Wells succeeds Judge Deborah S. Eyler, who stepped down Sept. 1 from her at-large seat on the court. Gould, of Brown/Gould/Kiely, succeeds former Chief Judge Patrick L. Woodward, who stepped down from the court’s Montgomery County seat upon reaching the state’s mandatory retirement age of 70 on Nov. 28.

Booth, Wells and Gould will go before the Senate for confirmation.

Booth, president of the Maryland Municipal Attorneys Association, has focused her practice on appellate work and land-use law, according to a biography provided by the governor’s office. The Washington and Lee University of School of Law graduate clerked for Talbot County Circuit Judge William Horne.

Wells’ selection by Hogan, a Republican, follows two prior judicial appointments by Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat. Before joining the circuit court in November 2012, Wells served on the district court for four years.

Wells, a University of Virginia School of Law graduate, was Calvert County’s first black state’s attorney and also served as an assistant Maryland attorney general in the criminal appeals division before joining the bench.

“I am really honored that Governor Hogan selected me,” said Wells, 57.

“It will be difficult to follow her (Judge Eyler), but I will do my best,” he added. “I really am looking forward to working with the other judges. I really am ready to put my shoulder to the wheel.”

Gould, a graduate of Boston University School of Law, specializes in commercial litigation and serves as general counsel of Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac.

Gould did not immediately return telephone and email messages seeking comment on his selection to the Court of Special Appeals.

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