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5 judges, 5 attorneys apply for Court of Special Appeals vacancy

Five judges and five attorneys have applied for the Montgomery County seat on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, which was left vacant last month when Gov. Larry Hogan elevated Judge Steven B. Gould to the Court of Appeals.

The judges who have applied are Anne K. Albright, Sharon V. Burrell, Jeannie E. Cho and Michael J. McAuliffe, all of the Montgomery County Circuit Court; and Zuberi B. Williams, of the Maryland District Court in Montgomery County.

The attorneys seeking to join the bench are Mariana C. Cordier, of Cordier Law Offices LLC in Rockville; Assistant Maryland Attorney General Brian S. Kleinbord; Meghan S. Skelton, a former assistant federal public defender; Rosalyn Tang, of Miles & Stockbridge in Rockville; and J. Bradford McCullough, of Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd. in Bethesda.

The application deadline was Monday.

Nine of the 10 applicants for Gould’s seat will be reviewed by the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission, which is expected to submit its list of recommended candidates by the end of November to Hogan, who will make the nomination.

McCullough’s name will be forwarded automatically to Hogan’s desk because he had been recommended by the 17-member commission for a Court of Special Appeals vacancy within the past two years but was not selected by the governor.

Hogan is not bound to select his nominee from the list provided by the commission, but it has been gubernatorial practice for about the past 50 years.

The nominee is subject to state Senate confirmation.

Gould held the Seventh Appellate Judicial Circuit seat on the 15-member Court of Special Appeals, which covers Montgomery County.