Maryland Court of Special Appeals Vacancy

Twenty-nine people have applied to fill the at-large vacancy on the Court of Special Appeals left by Judge James A. Kenney’s mandatory retirement. (Parenthetically, most judges continue to sit on the bench after they retire, so can we just drop the mandatory retirement nonsense? The antiquated notion of mandatory retirement at 70 does not fly in 2007.)

There are an impressive number of quality applicants for the vacancy. They are:

Claudia Adeline Barber, a family lawyer in Laurel
Judge Donald E. Beachley (Washington County)
Bruce Bender, a trial lawyer in Montgomery County
Judge Stuart R. Berger (Baltimore City) [update: now on the court]
Judge Victor K. Butanis (Harford County)
Judge William O. Carr, (Harford County)
Judge Steven G. Chappelle (Charles County)
Jack Condliffe, a domestic and personal injury lawyer in Baltimore County
Marianne Elizabeth Dise, a lawyer with the Attorney General’s office
Maury Steven Epner, a criminal lawyer in Montgomery County
Karen Louise Federman Henry, a Montgomery County State’s Attorney
Kathryn Grill Graeff, a lawyer with the Attorney General’s office
Robert John Greenleaf, a former state’s attorney for Caroline County
Judge Michele Denise Hotten (Prince George’s County) [update: now on the court]
Ronald H. Jarashow, an Annapolis attorney and former judge
James Arthur Johnson, from the defense firm Semmes, Bowen & Semmes in Baltimore
Judge Diane O. Leasure (Howard County)
Judge Albert J, Matricciani Jr. (Baltimore City) [update: now on the court]
Jo Ann Patricia Myles, a Prince George’s County lawyer
Francis A. Pommett III, a Baltimore lawyer
Judge Julie Stevenson Solt (Frederick County)
Linda Theresa Spradlin-Dahn, an appellate litigator in Annapolis
Walter Ira Weinschenk, Montgomery County lawyer
Irwin E. Weiss, a personal injury lawyer in Baltimore
Edward Gregory Wells, a former Calvert County state’s attorney
Gloria Selena Wilson Shelton, counsel for Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund (MAIF)
Judge Alexander Wright Jr., a former Baltimore County Circuit Court judge
Robert Anthony Zarnoch, lawyer with the Attorney General’s office
Phillip R. Zuber, an insurance defense lawyer in Prince George’s County

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