JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSIONS

TRIAL COURTS JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSIONS


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Nominees for judges of the Circuit Courts and the District Court of Maryland are recommended by sixteen trial courts judicial nominating commissions. These commissions were authorized in 1970 and began operation in 1971 as the Governor's Commissions on Trial Court Judicial Selection (Executive Order, July 17, 1970). In 1991, they were reorganized as Trial Court Judicial Nominating Commissions (Executive Order 01.01.1991.05). The Commissions again were reorganized in 2003, 2007, 2008, and 2015 (Executive Order 01.01.2003.12; Executive Order 01.01.2007.08; Executive Order 01.01.2008.04; Executive Order 01.01.2015.09). Additional members were added in July 2007 (Executive Order 01.01.2007.11).

Each commission consists of thirteen members. Nine are appointed by the Governor; four are chosen by the presidents of the local bar associations. If appointments by bar association presidents are not made in a timely fashion, the Governor is authorized to appoint the necessary additional members. The chair is chosen by the Governor. Terms extend to the date of qualification of the Governor after election, and until their successors are duly chosen.

The Administrative Office of the Courts serves as secretariat to each commission.


1st COMMISSION DISTRICT (Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester Counties)
John K. Phoebus, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019

Appointed by Governor: Catherine Carroll-Fischer, Esq.; Ernest I. Cornbrooks III, Esq.; Pamela M. Correa, Esq.; Howard H. Crossan; Russell C. Dashiell, Jr., Esq.; Michelle R. Fager, Esq.; Stephen G. Frey; Bonnie Nelson Luna; Kelley Spahn McFadden, Esq.; Joseph E. Morse; James L. Otway, Esq.; Heather E. Stansbury, Esq.; Louis H. Taylor. Terms expire 2019.

2nd COMMISSION DISTRICT (Cecil, Kent & Queen Anne's Counties)
John M. Hall, Jr., Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019

Appointed by Governor: Wanda D. Cricket Browne, Esq.; Jessica A. DuHoffman, Esq.; Rhonda Gaye Galvin; Clarence A. Hawkins, Sr.; Richard Valliant Jones, Esq.; Cristina Harding Landskroener, Esq.; Andrea Fulton Rhodes; Crystal S. Richard, Esq.; William Foster Riddlle, Esq.; Chris Ann Szep; Dwight E. Thomey, Esq.; H. Norman Wilson, Jr. Terms expire 2019.

3rd COMMISSION DISTRICT (Baltimore County)
Appointed by Governor:
Michael Pappas, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
Clarence Bell, Jr.; Stephen F. Bisbee; Eva Queral Fiastro; Beth Gaines; Robert L. Hanley, Jr., Esq.; Richard M. Karceski, Esq.; Margaret A. Mead, Esq.; Dilip Barrid Paliath; April Oh Park; Mary Roby Sanders; Debra Antoinette Thomas, Esq.; Drake C. Zaharris, Esq. Terms expire 2019.

4th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Harford County)
Appointed by Governor:
Tim E. Braue, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
Cassandra R. Beverley, Esq.; Rebecca A. Fleming, Esq.; Mary Teresa Garland, Esq.; Cornelius Helfrich, Esq.; Charles E. Kearney, Jr., Esq.; Robert S. Lynch; Max Dunham Miller, Jr., Esq.; Diane L. Sengstacke, Esq.; James D. Thornton; Kimberly L. Wagner, Esq.; Nancy M. Walls; Albert J. A. Young. Terms expire 2019.

5th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Allegany & Garrett Counties)
William C. Meagher III, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019

Appointed by Governor: Joyce D. Bishoff; Linda Walker Buckel, Esq.; John J. Coyle, Jr., Esq.; George W. Evans; J. Matthew Gilmore, Esq.; Donald Scott Goldbloom, Esq.; Terry W. King; Jennifer Alderton Krampf; Amanda D. Mattingly, Esq.; Kathleen R. May, M.D.; Mary Ann D. Moen, Esq.; Arnold F. Phillips, Esq.

6th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Washington County)
Kirk C. Downey, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019

Appointed by Governor: Eric B. Andrews, Esq.; Andrea Cheeatow, Esq.; Brian A. Kane, Esq.; Richard E. Kramer, D.D.S.; Brian M. Kurtyka, Esq.; Brett Devon McKoy; George C. Newman II, M.D.; Penny S. Pittman; Ann Marie Rotz, Esq.; Jeanne Forrester Singer, Esq.; Colleen Kelly Swanson, Esq.; M. Lynn Williams, Esq. Terms expire 2019.

7th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Anne Arundel County)
Henry Holt Hopkins, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019

Appointed by Governor: James V. Aluisi; Taren N. Butcher, Esq.; Allen W. Cohen, Esq.; Buffy Nicole Giddens, Esq.; C. Edward Hartman III, Esq.; Elsa A. Maskell; Stephen A. Oberg, Esq.; Stacey B. Rice, Esq.; William D. Roessler, Esq.; Edwin H. Staples II, Esq.; Richard R. Trunnell, Esq.; James J. York, M.D. Terms expire 2019.

8th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Carroll County)
Timothy C. Burke, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019

Appointed by Governor: William M. Burke, Esq.; Barbara Jean Dixon; William O'Brien Finch, Jr., Esq.; Karen Bosley Miller, Esq.; Thomas Nugent; Danie Engles Ridgway, Esq.; Michael G. Ritchey, Esq.; Stacy Proctor Shaffer, Esq.; Aristidis H. (Harry) Sirinakis; Dennis M. Twigg, Esq.; William E. Wagner, Jr.; Michael D. Zimmer. Terms expire 2019.

9th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Howard County)
Appointed by Governor:
Joan M. Becker, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
Jay S. Block, Esq.; Jeri Lynn Ganz; Amy E. Hott, Esq.; Deborah L. Robinson Kemp, Esq.; Steven J. Lewicky, Esq.; Carol O. Loveless; Angela W. Russell, Esq.; Rev. Douglas B. Sands, Sr.; Fred H. Silverstein, Esq.; Christopher S. Young, Esq.; Kurt L. Zanelotti; William D. A. Zerhouni, Esq. Terms expire 2019.

10th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Frederick County)
Christine M. Remsburg, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019

Appointed by Governor: Bethamy N. Beam, Esq.; Arthur C. Crum, Jr., Esq.; Mary M. Drawbaugh, Esq.; Maura C. Fisher, Esq.; David S. Greber, Esq.; Darrell T. Guyton; Scott M. Hartinger, Esq.; Stephen A. LeRoux, Esq.; Noel Somoza Manalo, Esq.; Teresa A. Mena; Jason Scott Shoemaker, Esq.; Thomas P. Sinton, Esq. Terms expire 2019.

11th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Montgomery County)
Appointed by Governor:
Terrence M. R. Zic, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
Henry Kenneth Armstrong, Esq.; Bibi M. Berry, Esq.; Megan Lee Brown, Esq.; John H. Harman, Esq.; Robert B. Hetherington, Esq.; Andrew V. Jezic, Esq.; Donna E. McBride, Esq.; Sonia Wadhwa Nath, Esq.; Theresa D. Newsuan-Reyes; Michael L. Rowan, Esq.; Bruce L. Stern, Esq.; Daniel S. Willard, Esq. Terms expire 2019.

12th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Calvert & St. Mary's Counties)
Maria Icaza, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019

Appointed by Governor: Robert I. Damalouji, Esq.; John L. Erly, Esq.; Kevin R. Hill, Esq.; Richard D. Lloyd, Esq.; Christopher T. Longmore, Esq.; Patrick B. Murphy, Esq.; John B. Norris III, Esq.; John E. Ray, Esq.; Julie A. Schejbal, Esq.; Stephen A. Schmeiser; Marsha L. Williams, Esq.; Garland W. Wrenn. Terms expire 2019.

13th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Prince George's County)
Charles A. Dukes, Jr., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019

Appointed by Governor: Robert C. Bonsib, Esq.; Denise M. Bowman, Esq.; Linda C. Carter, Esq.; James N. Elliott, M.D.; Bryan E. Foreman, Esq.; Bridgette Ann Greer, Esq.; Walter E. Laake, Jr., Esq.; Kraig Betner Long, Esq.; Frances Roehrich Longwell, Esq.; Michael McGowan, Esq.; Monte D. Montgomery, Jr., Esq.; April N. Richardson, Esq. Terms expire 2019.

14th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Baltimore City)
Appointed by Governor:
Gregory A. Cross, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
Diane Baker; Michael J. Baxter; Phillip Chong, Esq.; Robert L. Ferguson, Jr.; Katherine K. Howard, Esq.; Marian C. Hwang, Esq.; Darlene Kennedy; David I. Owens; Craig D. Roswell, Esq.; Ebony Walker; Alicia Lynn Wilson, Esq.; Reed A. Winston, M.D. Terms expire 2019.

15th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Charles County)
Craig J. Renner, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019

Appointed by Governor: Scott Andrew Bowling, Esq.; Frederick E. Davis; Stephen P. Fitzgerald, Esq.; Michele R. Harris, Esq.; Jane M. Hauser, Esq.; Francis R. Jones, Esq.; Joseph V. Kneib, Esq.; Catherine Spalding McClure; Michael J. Schreyer, Esq.; Jennifer M. Walker; Saundra O. Washington.

16th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Caroline, Dorchester & Talbot Counties)
Brynja Ann Booth, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019

Appointed by Governor: Robert S. Collison, Esq.; Michael J. Cornwell, Esq.; Gerald L. Godfrey; Michael J. Kopen, Esq.; Michael F. Lemire; William W. McAllister, Jr., Esq.; Anne C. Ogletree, Esq.; Kenneth D. Schisler, Esq.; Stephanie Ann Shipley, Esq.; Dolores McBride Smith, Esq.; Mirta Valdes-Bradner; Sharon M. Van Emburgh, Esq.; Owen Wormser. Terms expire 2019.

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