Maryland Judicial Vacancies

Pool Candidates

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, 187 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Fourth 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. When approval is granted by the Governor's Office, the names of the individuals nominated by the Commission will be listed in the table below.

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.

NOTE: Please only submit applications for vacancies that have a closing date listed.

NOTE:  Applications for this vacancy are not being accepted at this time.

Reason for Vacancy:

Elevation of the Honorable Stephen H. Kehoe to the Appellate Court

Close Date @4:30pm:
Applicants Pool **:
Comm. Mtg:
Nominees Pool **:

NOTE:  Applications for this vacancy are not being accepted at this time.

Reason for Vacancy:

Resignation of the Honorable Kevin M. Wilson

Close Date @4:30pm:
Applicants Pool **:

**Piper Faith McKeithen 

Comm. Mtg:
Nominees Pool **:
Reason for Vacancy:

Retirement of the Honorable Crystal D. Mittelstaedt
Retirement of the Honorable Nicholas E. Rattal

Close Date @4:30pm:
04/01/2024
Applicants Pool **:

Honorable LaKeecia Renee Allen
Dawn Diggs Barnett
Honorable Scott Michael Carrington
Honorable Ada Elizabeth Clark-Edwards
Honorable Stacey Maria Cobb Smith
Magistrate Althea Rebecca Stewart Jones
Honorable Donnaka Varner Lewis
April Marie Urban
Rhonda Alexis Wood
**William Carl Isler, II
**Magistrate Charles Todd Merryman Steuart
 

Comm. Mtg:
05-23-2024
Nominees Pool **:
Reason for Vacancy:

Retirement of the Honorable Philip S. Jackson

Close Date @4:30pm:
03/25/2024
Applicants Pool **:

Tamal Ajani Banton
Kristin Elizabeth Blumer
Honorable Catherine Chen
Kimberly Charon McBride
James Burke Miller
Scott Edward Reid
Honorable Michael Stephen Studdard
Jocelyn Lang Williams
Rita Marie Wisthoff-Ito
**Piper Faith McKeithen 
**Honorable Flynn Marcus Owens 
**Henry Mark Stichel 
 

Comm. Mtg:
05-31-2024
Nominees Pool **:
Reason for Vacancy:

Elevation of the Honorable Cheri N. Simpkins 

Close Date @4:30pm:
03/11/2024
Applicants Pool **:

Angelia Rowe Garner
Jessica Lowell Garth
Angela Denise Minor
Julia Simone Gagne Rupert
Rhonda Alexis Wood
**Bruce Dermion Edwards
**Laura Joy Novello Fuggitti
**William Carl Isler, II 
**Kimberly Vicena Lewis 
 

          

Comm. Mtg:
04-22-2024
Nominees Pool **:

The First Appellate Judicial Circuit includes the following jurisdictions:  Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties

Reason for Vacancy:

Retirement of the Honorable Christopher B. Kehoe

Close Date @4:30pm:
11/13/2023
Applicants Pool **:

Honorable Stephen Hughes Kehoe
Sanya Sarich Kerksiek
James Bowman McAllister
Andrew Charles Meehan
George Robert Mowell
Honorable Brenda Alverta Sexton
Magistrate Mark Andrew Tyler

Comm. Mtg:
01-12-2024
Nominees Pool **:

Honorable Stephen Hughes Kehoe
Honorable Brenda Alverta Sexton
Magistrate Mark Andrew Tyler

Appointed (Date of Appointment):

Honorable Stephen Hughes Kehoe (02/08/2024)