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The Judicial Nominating Commissions select and nominate to the Governor persons found by the Commission to be legally and most fully professionally qualified to fill a vacancy. The table includes all current vacancies. Once the close date to a vacancy passes, the names of all applicants will be listed. The public is encouraged to participate in the selection process by submitting written and signed comments concerning the qualifications of an applicant to The Judicial Nominating Commission, c/o The Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources, Maryland Judicial Center, 580 Taylor Avenue, Building A, First Floor, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. The comments must be received at least one week prior to the commission meeting date shown in the table below.

The Nominating Commission meets to interview all candidates. Thereafter a voting session takes place and the names of nominees are reported to the Governor. This usually occurs the same day or morning after the Commission meets. As soon as the names have been reported to the Governor this chart is updated to reflect the names of those nominated to a vacancy.

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this table. Please recognize, however, that this list does not constitute official notification of individuals nominated for, or appointed to, a judicial vacancy. Rather, the official list of candidates for a vacancy is compiled by the Administrative Office of the Courts and sent to the Governor's Office. The Governor's Office officially notifies the appointed individual and releases an official notice to the public. When an appointment to a vacancy is announced by the Governor's Office, the name is highlighted in red.


Court Reason for Vacancy Close Date
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Appointed
(Date of Appointment)

District Court for Calvert County Upcoming Retirement of the Honorable Robert B. Riddle 7/11/16

Renee Esther Battle-Brooks
Joseph Edward Carey
Mark Wayne Carmean
Tracey Ann McKirgan
Leslie Florestano Peek
Robyn Steele Ennis Riddle
Justin Joel Sasser
Kenneth David Wilcox

8/26/16 Joseph Edward Carey
Mark Wayne Carmean
Tracey Ann McKirgan
Leslie Florestano Peek
Robyn Steele Ennis Riddle
 
Circuit Court for Montgomery County New Judgeships (2)
Enactment of Chapter 91 (2016 General Assembly Legislative Session)
7/14/16

Carlos Federico Acosta
Magdalena Albornoz Boynton
Theresa Michelle Chernosky
Honorable Jeannie Eun-Kyung Cho
Gwenlynn Whittle D'Souza (withdrew)
Karen Anne Ferretti
Kenneth Andrew Grigg, Jr.
Thomas Paul Johnson, III
Ayesha Naseem Khan
Honorable Eric John Nee
Marylin Pierre
Honorable James Bernard Sarsfield
Honorable Margaret Marie Schweitzer
Deborah Murrell Whelihan
Honorable Zuberi Bakari Williams
**James Alfred Bonifant
**Debra Lynn Dwyer
**Gerald William Heller
**David Warren Lease
**Honorable Patricia Lynn Mitchell
**Samantha M. Williams
**Clark Emanuel Wisor, III

8/19/16

Theresa Michelle Chernosky
Honorable Jeannie Eun-Kyung Cho
Honorable James Bernard Sarsfield
Honorable Margaret Marie Schweitzer
**James Alfred Bonifant
**Debra Lynn Dwyer
**Gerald William Heller
**David Warren Lease
**Honorable Patricia Lynn Mitchell
**Samantha M. Williams
**Clark Emanuel Wisor, III

 
Circuit Court for Charles County New Judgeship (1)
Enactment of Chapter 91 (2016 General Assembly Legislative Session)
9/14/16   10/27/16    
District Court for Montgomery County

New Judgeship (1)
Enactment of Chapter 91 (2016 General Assembly Legislative Session);
Upcoming Retirement of the Honorable William G. Simmons

9/8/16 **David Keith Felsen
**Rand Lewis Gelber
10/20/16 and 10/21/16    
Circuit Court for Baltimore County New Judgeships (2)
Enactment of Chapter 91 (2016 General Assembly Legislative Session)
8/8/16

Andrew Gerard Bailey
Michael Salvatore Barranco
Kevin Lee Beard
Douglas Windsor Biser
Mary Cina Chalawsky
Robert Alec Cohen
John Philip Cox
Marc Anthony DeSimone
Bambi Caroline Beverly Glenn
Garret Peter Glennon
Thomas Scott Hood
Robert Wayne Lazzaro
Dennis Michael Robinson, Jr.
Craig Alfred Ross
Gerald Chester Ruter
Honorable Philip Nicholas Tirabassi
James Thomas Wallner
**Andrew Martin Battista
**Robin Sue Coffin
**Charles Carey Deeley, Jr.
**Kristine Anne Howanski
**Margaret Moran McKee

9/22/16    
Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County New Judgeship (1)
Enactment of Chapter 91 (2016 General Assembly Legislative Session)
8/4/16

Pamela Knoop Alban
Christine Marie Celeste
Mark Walter Crooks
Annette DeCesaris
Sloane Renauld Franklin
John Francis Gunning
Mark Wayne Howes
Ginina Alexandra Jackson-Stevenson
Rickey Nelson Jones
Anne Colt Leitess
Kenneth G. Macleay
Charles Jay Muskin
David Patrick Putzi
Lorrianne Jeanette Rice
Robert Jeffrey Thompson
**Robert Henry Brooke Cawood
**Andrew Brian Greenspan
**Michael Lee May
**Kathleen Elizabeth Rogers

9/13/16    
Circuit Court for Harford County New Judgeship (1)
Enactment of Chapter 91 (2016 General Assembly Legislative Session)
8/22/16

William Guy Christoforo
Anthony Joseph DiPaula
Alison Marie Healey
Paul W. Ishak
William Henry Klumpp, Jr.
Robert Scott McCord
Kerwin Anthony Miller
Howard Wayne Norman, Jr.
Gavin Malachi Patashnick **Honorable David Earl Carey
**Diane Adkins Tobin
**Martin Eugene Wolf

9/30/16    
District Court for Baltimore County Retirement of the Honorable Barbara R. Jung; Upcoming Retirement of the Honorable Alexandra N. Williams 6/9/16

Sheryl D. H. Atkins
Michael Salvatore Barranco
Susan Anne Bechtel
Andrew Michael Belt
Harold Lee Burgin
Alan Royce Lee Bussard
Robert Alec Cohen
Bruce Edelman Friedman
Garret Peter Glennon
Debra Jill Green
Michael B. Hamburg
Kendra Randall Jolivet
Ari Jason Kodeck
Edwin Stanton MacVaugh
Mala Malhotra-Ortiz
Michael A. Mastracci
Lisa Ann Phelps
Karen Ann Pilarski
Keith Dana Pion
Ernest Michael Reitz
Kirk Seaman
Lisa Yvette Settles
Ephraim R. Siff
Daniel Bernard Trimble
Rodney Clinton Warren
Allan James Webster
Susan Chambers Zellweger
**Andrew Gerard Bailey
**Andrew Martin Battista
**Adam Sean Cohen
**Thomas Scott Hood
**Elise Song Kurlander
**Kevin Paul Murphy
**Jill Pickett Savage

7/28/16 Sheryl D. H. Atkins
Andrew Michael Belt
Harold Lee Burgin
Alan Royce Lee Bussard
Garret Peter Glennon
Lisa Ann Phelps
Karen Ann Pilarski
Keith Dana Pion
Lisa Yvette Settles
Rodney Clinton Warren
Allan James Webster
**Andrew Gerard Bailey
**Andrew Martin Battista
**Adam Sean Cohen
**Thomas Scott Hood
**Elise Song Kurlander
**Kevin Paul Murphy
**Jill Pickett Savage
 
Circuit Court for Prince George's County Retirement of the Honorable Larnzell Martin, Jr.; Elevation of the Honorable Melanie M. Shaw Geter; New Judgeship - Enactment of Chapter 91 (2016 General Assembly Legislative Session)

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8/22/16

Honorable Tiffany Hanna Anderson
Honorable Robin Dana Gill Bright
Scott Michael Carrington
Michael Charles Conway
Jeffrey Lee Harding
Althea Rebecca Stewart Jones
ShaRon Marie Grayson Kelsey
Alison Yvette Leonard-Leach
Elveta Michele Martin
Honorable Joseph Leroy Wright
**Honorable Clayton Anthony Aarons
**Honorable Brian Charles Denton
**Peter Kevin Killough
**Honorable Thurman Haywood Rhodes
**William Antoine Snoddy
**Judy Lynn Woodall

9/26/16
           

           

           
           
           
 
Circuit Court for Washington County Elevation of the Honorable Donald E. Beachley 7/26/16 G. Clair Baker, Jr.
Mark Kenneth Boyer
Joseph Scott Michael
Michael Ellsworth Nehring
Eric Alan Reed
Andrew Fisher Wilkinson
Brett Robert Wilson
8/31/16    
District Court for Prince George's County Elevation of the Honorable Karen H. Mason 3/23/16

LaKeecia Renee Allen
Wendell Vann Bates
Bryon Seth Bereano
Ada Elizabeth Clark-Edwards
Gerald A. A. Collins
Michael Charles Conway
Wytonja LaCheryl Curry
Alisia Ferguson
Athena Malloy Groves
Althea Rebecca Stewart Jones
Darryl Armfield Kelley
ShaRon Marie Grayson Kelsey
Alison Yvette Leonard-Leech
Donnaka Varner Lewis
Kimberly Vicena Lewis
Anthony Darryl Mayo
Dolores Dorsainvil Nicolas
Carolyn Starks Saxon
Benjamin Jeremy Woolery
**Charles Joseph Kenny
**Elveta Michele Martin
**Charles Michael Walls
**Dennis Whitley, III

5/3/16

LaKeecia Renee Allen
Bryon Seth Bereano
Ada Elizabeth Clark-Edwards
Gerald A. A. Collins
Michael Charles Conway
Wytonja LaCheryl Curry
ShaRon Marie Grayson Kelsey
Alison Yvette
Leonard-Leech
Donnaka Varner Lewis
**Charles Joseph Kenny
**Elveta Michele Martin
**Charles Michael Walls
**Dennis Whitley, III

Bryon Seth Bereano (7/26/16)
District Court for Prince George's County Elevation of the Honorable Erik H. Nyce 3/23/16

LaKeecia Renee Allen
Wendell Vann Bates
Bryon Seth Bereano
Ada Elizabeth Clark-Edwards
Gerald A. A. Collins
Michael Charles Conway
Wytonja LaCheryl Curry
Alisia Ferguson
Athena Malloy Groves
Althea Rebecca Stewart Jones
Darryl Armfield Kelley
ShaRon Marie Grayson Kelsey
Alison Yvette Leonard-Leech
Donnaka Varner Lewis
Kimberly Vicena Lewis
Anthony Darryl Mayo
Dolores Dorsainvil Nicolas
Carolyn Starks Saxon
Benjamin Jeremy Woolery
**Charles Joseph Kenny
**Elveta Michele Martin
**Charles Michael Walls
**Dennis Whitley, III

5/3/16

LaKeecia Renee Allen
Bryon Seth Bereano
Ada Elizabeth Clark-Edwards
Gerald A. A. Collins
Michael Charles Conway
Wytonja LaCheryl Curry
ShaRon Marie Grayson Kelsey
Alison Yvette
Leonard-Leech
Donnaka Varner Lewis
**Charles Joseph Kenny
**Elveta Michele Martin
**Charles Michael Walls
**Dennis Whitley, III

Ada Elizabeth Clark-Edwards (7/26/16)
District Court for Prince George's County New Judgeship (1)
Enactment of Chapter 91 (2016 General Assembly Legislative Session)
-- **LaKeecia Renee Allen
**Bryon Seth Bereano
**Ada Elizabeth Clark-Edwards
**Gerald A. A. Collins
**Michael Charles Conway
**Wytonja LaCheryl Curry
**ShaRon Marie Grayson Kelsey
**Alison Yvette
Leonard-Leech
**Donnaka Varner Lewis
-- **LaKeecia Renee Allen
**Bryon Seth Bereano
**Ada Elizabeth Clark-Edwards
**Gerald A. A. Collins
**Michael Charles Conway
**Wytonja LaCheryl Curry
**ShaRon Marie Grayson Kelsey
**Alison Yvette
Leonard-Leech
**Donnaka Varner Lewis
**Donnaka Varner Lewis (7/26/16)
Circuit Court for Frederick County New Judgeship (1)
Enactment of Chapter 91 (2016 General Assembly Legislative Session)
8/15/16 Honorable Oliver John Cejka
Michael Joseph Chomel
Julia Augusta Martz-Fisher
Belinda Cooper Matlock
Julia Ann Minner
Joseph Charles Smith, III
**Honorable Dino Ernesto Flores, Jr.
(withdrew)
**Howard Leslie Metz
**Margaret Alice Teahan
9/20/16    
District Court for Baltimore City Retirement of the Honorable Jamey H. Hueston; Upcoming Retirement of the Honorable Miriam B. Hutchins 6/1/16 Erik Samuel Atas
Laurie Bennett
Kristin Elizabeth Blumer
Richard Herbert Boucher, Jr.
Jill Priscilla Carter
Catherine Chen
Thomas Joseph Dolina
Charlene Deneen Dukes
Robert Louis Durocher, Jr.
Stephan Wayne Fogleman
Roya May Hanna
Kay Natalie Harding
Geoffrey Giles Hengerer
Darren Lee Kadish
Dana Kent Karangelen
Zakia Mahasa
Kimberly Charon McBride
Dana Michele Middleton
Katie Murphy O'Hara
Brian Marshall Spern
Michael Stephen Studdard
Deborah Yvette Warner-Dennis **Charles Mario Blomquist
**Syeetah Ann Hampton-El
**Quinton Milo Herbert
**Carol Magid Johnson
**Lydia Susan Robinson
**Jennifer Bridget Schiffer
**Nicole Rene Egerton Taylor
7/21/16

Laurie Bennett
Kristin Elizabeth Blumer
Catherine Chen
Thomas Joseph Dolina
Geoffrey Giles Hengerer
Darren Lee Kadish
Katie Murphy O'Hara
Michael Stephen Studdard
**Charles Mario Blomquist
**Syeetah Ann Hampton-El
**Quinton Milo Herbert
**Carol Magid Johnson
**Lydia Susan Robinson
**Jennifer Bridget Schiffer
**Nicole Rene Egerton Taylor

 
Circuit Court for Baltimore City New Judgeships (2) - Enactment of Chapter 91 (2016 General Assembly Legislative Session); Upcoming Retirement of the Honorable John A. Howard 8/15/16

Charles Mario Blomquist
Charles Henry Dorsey, III
Roya May Hanna
John Stanley Nugent
Todd Harris Oppenheim
Honorable Flynn Marcus Owens
Honorable Devy Patterson Russell
Jennifer Bridget Schiffer
Michael Stephen Studdard
Robert Kinsey Taylor, Jr.
Hope Tipton

10/4/16    

**Individuals who were nominated for a judicial vacancy but who were not appointed by the Governor become part of a pool that will be considered automatically for each vacancy on the same court occurring within two years after submission of the initial list.