660 /Judicial Agencies
11TH COMMISSION DISTRICT
Devin J. Doolan, Esq., Chairperson
Appointed by Governor (who names chair): Mary Lou
Fox; Esther Kominers; Aris Mardirossian; Carmen D.
Votaw; Charles F. Wilding. Terms expire 1995.
Elected by lawyers in 11th Commission District: Paul T.
Glasgow, Esq.; Thomas L. Heeney, Esq.; Robert R.
Michael, Esq.; William H. Rowan III, Esq.; Harry C.
Storm, Esq.; Charles E. Wilson, Jr., Esq.
12TH COMMISSION DISTRICT
(Calvert & St. Mary's Counties)
James M. Banagan, Chairperson
Appointed by Governor (who names chair): Samuel A.
Bergin; William T. Bowen; Shirley E. Colleary; Robert
Jeffries; Albertine Thomas Lancaster; John K. Parlett,
Jr. Terms expire 1995.
Elected by lawyers in 12th Commission District: Janice
Briscoe Baldwin, Esq.; David S. Bruce, Esq.; Laurence
W. B. Cumberland, Esq.; Julian J. Izydore, Esq.;
Michael G. Kent, Esq.; Renee J. LaFayette, Esq.
13TH COMMISSION DISTRICT
(Prince George's County)
James H. Taylor, Jr., Esq., Chairperson
Appointed by Governor (who names chair): Annette
Funn; Emory A. Harman; William J. Jefferson, Jr;
Ricardo C. Mitchell; Goldi Ziff Nussbaum; Georgia
J. Perry. Terms expire 1995.
Elected by lawyers in 13th Commission District: Robert
C. Bonsib, Esq.; Edward P. Camus, Esq.; G. Richard
Collins, Jr., Esq.; Joseph A. Dugan, Jr., Esq.; Bruce L.
Marcus, Esq.; Ralph W. Powers, Jr., Esq.
14TH COMMISSION DISTRICT
Nelson I. Fishman, Esq., Chairperson
Appointed by Governor (who names chair): Evelyn T.
Beasley; John B. Ferron; Michael M. Hart; Sally J.
Michel; Rosetta Stith; William H. C. Wilson. Terms
Elected by lawyers in 14th Commission District: Peter F.
Axelrad, Esq.; Paul D. Bekman, Esq.; Paula M.
Junghans, Esq.; Theodore S. Miller, Esq.; Sheila K.
Sachs, Esq.; Kenneth L. Thompson, Esq.
15TH COMMISSION DISTRICT
John M. Sine, Chairperson
Appointed by Governor (who names chair): H. Cecil
Deihl; H. Celeste Downs; James O. Drummond;
Salome F. Howard; Julie T. Mitchell; Sanford H.
Wilson, Ph.D. Terms expire 1995.
Elected by lawyers in 15th Commission District: Amy J.
Bragunier, Esq.; Michael A. Genz, Esq.; Thomas C.
Hayden, Jr., Esq.; Gordon R. Moreland, Esq.; Carolyn
C. Woodside, Esq.; George F. Zverina, Esq.
In 1970, the Governor by executive order estab-
lished a statewide judicial nominating commission
to propose nominees for appointment to the appel-
late courts, and regional trial court nominating
commissions to perform the same function for trial
court vacancies. The commissions began operation
in 1971. The commissions were reconstituted by
Maryland Manual 1994-1995
the Governor in 1991 (Executive Order
01.01.1991.05). Each judicial vacancy filled pursu-
ant to the Governor's appointing power must be
filled from a list of nominees submitted by one of
these nominating commissions.
When a judicial vacancy occurs or is about to
occur, the Administrative Office of the Courts notifies
the appropriate commission and then solicits applica-
tions from interested persons through an-
nouncements in the press and by contacting
interested bar associations. Applications received
are distributed to the commission members.
After the filing deadline for a vacancy has passed,
the commission meets to consider applications and
relevant information, such as recommendations
from bar associations or individual citizens. Each
candidate is interviewed by the full commission or by
commission panels. The commission then prepares a list
of those candidates deemed legally and professionally
most fully qualified for judicial office. This list is pre-
pared by secret written ballot. No applicant may be
added to the list unless that applicant has the affirmative
vote of a majority of the commission members present
at a voting session. The list is forwarded to the Gover-
nor, who must make an appointment from the com-
APPELLATE JUDICIAL NOMINATING
Albert D. Brault, Esq., Chairperson
361 Rowe Blvd.
Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 974-2141
The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission
nominates candidates for the Court of Appeals and
the Court of Special Appeals.
The Commission is composed of fifteen mem-
bers. The Governor, who chooses the chairperson,
appoints one member from each of the six appellate
judicial circuits, and one at large member. The re-
maining seven members are lawyers elected by the
Maryland State Bar Association.
TRIAL COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING
Courts of Appeal Bldg.
361 Rowe Blvd.
Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 974-2141
Fifteen Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Com-
missions recommend nominees for Circuit Courts
and District Courts. Each commission consists of
thirteen members. Six are lawyers elected by mem-
bers of the Maryland State Bar Association within
designated geographical areas. Six are lay members
appointed by the Governor. The chairperson, who
may be either a lawyer or a lay person, also is
appointed by the Governor. The terms of members
extend to the date of qualification of the Governor