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 and 2007 (Executive Order 01.01.2003.12; Executive Order 01.01.2007.08). Additional members were added in July 2007 (Executive Order 01.01.2007.11). In 2008 and 2015, further charges were implemented with the Governor becoming the sole appointive authority in 2015 (Executive Order 01.01.2008.04; Executive Order 01.01.2015.09).

Today, each commission consists of thirteen members appointed by the Governor. 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 (Executive Order 01.01.2015.09).

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


1st COMMISSION DISTRICT (Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester Counties)
Appointed by Governor:
Ernest I. Cornbrooks III, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
Catherine Carroll-Fischer, Esq.; Hugh T. Cropper IV, 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)
Appointed by Governor:
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; Patricia Ozman Horsey; 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:
Drake C. Zaharris, Esq., 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; Michael Pappas; April Oh Park; Mary Roby Sanders; Debra Antoinette Thomas, 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)
Appointed by Governor:
William C. Meagher III, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
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)
Appointed by Governor:
Kirk C. Downey, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
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)
Appointed by Governor:
James V. Aluisi, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
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.; Ginina A. Jackson Stevenson, Esq.; Richard R. Trunnell, Esq.; James J. York, M.D. Terms expire 2019.

8th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Carroll County)
Appointed by Governor:
Timothy C. Burke, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
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)
Appointed by Governor:
Christine M. Remsburg, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
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.; Thomas E. Malone, M.D., Ph.D.; 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.; 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; Victor E. Palmeiro, Esq.; Michael L. Rowan, Esq.; Bruce L. Stern, Esq.; Daniel S. Willard, Esq. Terms expire 2019.

12th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Calvert & St. Mary's Counties)
Appointed by Governor:
Maria Icaza, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
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)
Appointed by Governor:
Charles A. Dukes, Jr., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
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)
Appointed by Governor:
Craig J. Renner, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
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; Kevin B. Wedding.

16th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Caroline, Dorchester & Talbot Counties)
Appointed by Governor:
Brynja Ann Booth, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019
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.; David H. Wilson. Terms expire 2019.

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