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Coming Maryland high court vacancy attracts 3 judges, 4 attorneys

Three judges and four attorneys are vying for a seat on Maryland’s top court that will become vacant when Judge Robert N. McDonald reaches the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70 on Feb. 23.

The judges seeking to fill the coming Court of Appeals vacancy are Daniel A. Friedman and Douglas R.M. Nazarian, both of the Court of Special Appeals; and Dennis M. Robinson Jr., of the Baltimore County Circuit Court.

The attorneys who applied are Robert S. Brennen, of Miles & Stockbridge in Baltimore; Irwin R. Kramer, of Kramer & Connolly in Reisterstown; Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason D. Medinger; and Julie M. Reamy, a Baltimore solo practitioner.

The seven applicants met a Tuesday deadline for filing their applications. They will be vetted by the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission, which will winnow the list and submit recommendations for selection to Gov. Larry Hogan.

Hogan is not bound to nominate McDonald’s successor from the submitted list, though it is gubernatorial custom. The nominee will be subject to Senate confirmation.

McDonald holds the seat on the seven-member high court reserved for an attorney or judge who resides in Baltimore County or Harford County.