Johnson Pursues Bench Opening

April 24, 1991|By Staff report

Megan B. Johnson, chief of the civil division of the county state's attorney's office, yesterday was named a finalist for an impending vacancy on the county's District Court bench.

Johnson, 38, joins sixother attorneys as finalists for the opening that will be created when Judge Robert N. Lucke retires May 3, Judith C. Levinson, legal officer for the state Administrative Office of the Courts, said yesterday.

The other six were unsuccessful finalists to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of District Judge Thomas J. Curley Jr. Gov. William Donald Schaefer this month appointed Annapolis attorney Vincent A. Mulieri, 52, to fill the Curley vacancy. Their names were automatically carried over as finalists for the Lucke vacancy.

The other six finalists are: private attorneys Walter S. B. Childsand Robert C. Wilcox; Circuit Court Masters James W. "Jack" Dryden and Essom V. Ricks; Assistant Public Defender James D. McCarthy Jr.; and Assistant State's Attorney Frederick M. Paone.

After meeting Monday, the county's 13-member judicial nominating commission decided to add Johnson tothe list of finalists to be sent to the governor for consideration.

Johnson is in charge of prosecuting child-support cases for the state's attorney's office. Before joining the office 10 years ago, Johnson was an associate at a Baltimore law firm for two years. She has apart-time private practice.

Lucke, 67, has sat on the District Court bench in Anne Arundel County since he was appointed in 1977. He was reappointed by Schaefer in 1987 after his 10-year term expired.

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