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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).

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 is the secretariat to each commission.


1st COMMISSION DISTRICT (Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester Counties)
James V. Anthenelli, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Paul P. Abu-Zaid, Esq.; D'Arcy Nicole Green, Esq.; William C. Hudson, Esq.; Robert Marvel, Esq.; Carol Ann W. Miller; Mandip Parmar, M.D.; Ernest R. Satchell; Raymond C. Shockley, Esq.; Barbara R. Trader, Esq. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association presidents in 1st Commission District: James V. Anthenelli, Esq.; Karen Martin Dean, Esq.; Heather E. Stansbury, Esq.; Peter Ayers Wimbrow III, Esq.

2nd COMMISSION DISTRICT (Cecil, Kent & Queen Anne's Counties)
Alice S. Ritchie, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Clarence A. Hawkins; Arthur S. Hock; Cristina H. Landskroener, Esq.; Connie Kratovil Lavelle, Esq.; Richard Markman; William Foster Riddle, Esq.; Chris Ann Szep; Pauline K. White, Esq.; H. Norman Wilson, Jr., Esq. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association presidents in 2nd Commission District: William W. Davis, Jr., Esq.; Thomas L. Kemp, Esq.; Carla Lynn Knight, Esq.; Alice S. Ritchie, Esq.

3rd COMMISSION DISTRICT (Baltimore County)
Samuel Blibaum, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Samuel Blibaum, Esq.; Thomas B. Corey; Marla Hollandsworth; Alison D. Kohler, Esq.; Ronald D. Long; G. Warren Mix, Esq.; Bernard Rhee, Esq.; Carlos G. Stecco, Esq.; Brian G. Thompson, Esq. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association president in 3rd Commission District: Robert L. Hanley, Jr., Esq.; David Lawrence Palmer, Esq.; Drake C. Zaharris, Esq.; one vacancy.

4th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Harford County)
Laura V. Bearsch, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Laura V. Bearsch, Esq.; Cassandra R. Beverley, Esq.; Penny L. Comeau; Nancy Levy Giorno, Esq.; Maria Pilar Gracia, Esq.; John B. Kane, Esq.; Maria A. Terry; Leonard D. Wheeler, Ed.D.; Kevin A. Williams. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association president in 4th Commission District: Christine Affleck Basham, Esq.; John S. Karas, Esq.; Charles B. Keenan, Jr., Esq.; Albert J. A. Young, Esq.

5th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Allegany & Garrett Counties)
Deanna R. Rock, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Cathy Ann Ashby; John H. Balch; Michael Scott Cohen; Jayci Shaw Duncan, Esq.; William S. Hidey, Esq.; Mary Ann Reinhard; Deanna R. Rock, Esq.; James T. Speis, Jr., Esq.; Judith N. Thelen, Ph.D. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association presidents in 5th Commission District: Donald Scott Goldbloom, Esq.; Cristine A. Kepple, Esq.; James Edward Walsh, Esq.; Stephen C. Wilkinson, Esq.

6th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Washington County)
Patricia K. Cushwa, Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Eric B. Andrews, Esq.; Patricia K. Cushwa; Jane L. Hershey; Terry A. Myers, Esq.; Thomas C. Newcomer; Katharine M. Oliver; John R. Salvatore, Esq.; Arthur Schneider, Esq.; Anne O. Weatherholt. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association president in 6th Commission District: Kirk C. Downey, Esq.; Michelle Dawn Flores, Esq.; Brian A. Kane, Esq.; John Hammond Urner, Esq.

7th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Anne Arundel County)
Thomas J. Fleckenstein, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Rhonda Pindell Charles, Esq.; Sha'Ron D. Crockett; Thomas J. Fleckenstein, Esq.; David L. Hankey, Esq.; Scott Hymes; Gregory P. Jimeno, Esq.; Peter S. O'Neill, Esq.; two vacancies. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association president in 7th Commission District: Stephen P. Krohn, Esq.; David P. Putzi, Esq.; Paul J. Weber, Esq.; one vacancy.

8th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Carroll County)
Gregory A. Dorsey, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Zoa D. Barnes, Esq.; Gregory A. Dorsey, Esq.; Damian L. Halstad, Esq.; Linda A. Holmes, Esq.; Laura Guadalupe Morton-Coleman, Esq.; Thomas Nugent, Esq.; Samantha Z. Smith, Esq.; John Burgess Walsh, Jr., Esq.; David J. Wildberger, Esq. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association president in 8th Commission District: William O'Brien Finch, Jr., Esq.; Charles D. Hollman, Esq.; Michael G. Ritchey, Esq.; Elwood E. Swam, Esq.

9th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Howard County)
Jason A. Shapiro, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Harry R. Adler, Esq.; Ankur P. Dalal, Esq.; Cornelia Bright Gordon, Esq.; Sandra T. Gray; Carol Magid Johnson, Esq.; Sang W. Oh, Esq.; Bruce Rothshild, Esq.; Fred Howard Silverstein, Esq.; Jolie Gelman Weinberg, Esq. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association president in 9th Commission District: Charles L. Fuller, Esq.; Angela B. Grau, Esq.; Jason A. Shapiro, Esq.; Frank Todd Taylor, Jr., Esq.

10th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Frederick County)
Paul D. Rose, Jr., Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Denise H. Brown; Khalil Elshazly; Jamey E. George; Jesse Goode, Jr.; Mary Elizabeth Kaslick, Esq.; Robert F. Mannis, Ph.D.; Patricia F. O'Connor, Esq.; Paul D. Rose, Jr., Esq.; Mayda Colon Tsaknis, Esq. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association president in 10th Commission District: Bethamy N. Beam, Esq.; Bryon C. Black, Esq.; Richard P. Bricken, Esq.; David C. Weaver, Esq.

11th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Montgomery County)
William James Chen, Jr., Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Anne K. Albright, Esq.; Michael G. Banks, Esq.; William James Chen, Jr., Esq.; Linda Michelle Estrada, Esq.; Loretta J. Garcia, Esq.; Solomon Graham; Barry H. Helfand, Esq.; John M. Quinn, Esq.; Paul M. Tiao, Esq. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association president in 11th Commission District: Nelson I. Burgos, Esq.; Arielle F. Hinton, Esq.; John P. Kudel, Esq.; Donna E. Van Scoy, Esq.

12th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Calvert & St. Mary's Counties)
Sue Ann Lewis Armitage, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Sue Ann Lewis Armitage, Esq.; Janice L. Briscoe, Esq.; Mark R. Frazer, D.D.S.; Dorothy Gardner Hodge, Esq.; Alan J. Lander, Esq.; Dixie C. Miller; Jane Margaret O'Brien, Ph.D.; Lisa Smith Sanders, Esq.; Julie A. Schejbal, Esq. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association presidents in 12th Commission District: D. Anne Emery, Esq.; John Leon Erly, Esq.; Cynthia S. Panos, Esq.; Jackson G. Upton, Esq.

13th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Prince George's County)
Gregory K. Wells, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Abigale Bruce-Watson, Esq.; Bridgette Ann Greer, Esq.; Arthur J. Horne, Jr., Esq.; ShaRon M. Kelsey, Esq.; James E. McCollum, Jr., Esq.; Katherine A. Perez; Joseph A. Trevino, Esq.; Gregory K. Wells, Esq.; Michael J. Winkelman, Esq. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association president in 13th Commission District: Robert C. Bonsib, Esq.; Felecia L. Greer, Esq.; Walter E. Laake, Jr., Esq.; Andrea Leahy-Fucheck, Esq.

14th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Baltimore City)
David E. Ralph, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Arthur S. Alperstein, Esq.; Javier G. Bustamante; Eleanor M. Carey, Esq.; Alan C. Cason, Esq.; Marian C. Hwang, Esq.; Kamil Ismail, Esq.; Nathaniel E. Jones, Jr., Esq.; David E. Ralph, Esq.; one vacancy. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association presidents in 14th Commission District: Paul D. Bekman, Esq.; Robert L. Ferguson, Jr., Esq.; Katherine Kelly Howard, Esq.; Kenneth W. Ravenell, Esq.

15th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Charles County)
Rudolf A. Carrico, Jr., Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Rudolf A. Carrico, Jr., Esq.; David H. Chapman, Esq.; Makeba Gibbs, Esq.; Mary Sue Greisman, Esq.; Louis P. Jenkins, Jr., Esq.; John F. Mudd, Esq.; Elridge Proctor; Rochelle D. Washington, Esq.; one vacancy. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association president in 15th Commission District: James J. Gorney, Esq.; Joseph C. Hangarter, Esq.; Michele R. Harris, Esq.; Hammad S. Matin, Esq.

16th COMMISSION DISTRICT (Caroline, Dorchester & Talbot Counties)
Robert S. Collison, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: William E. Batson; Robert S. Collison, Esq.; Dennis J. Farina, Esq.; Hope R. Harrington; Michael J. Kopen, Esq.; Tracie T. Lahman; Rebecca S. Loukides; Anne-Meve C. Ogletree, Esq.; Stephanie A. Shipley, Esq. Terms expire 2011.

Elected by bar association presidents in 16th Commission District: Brynja M. Booth, Esq.; Timothy A. Bradford, Esq.; Demetrios G. Kaouris, Esq.; Connie Godfrey Marvel, Esq.

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