8 candidates vie for seat as appeals court judge

John C. Eldridge set to retire next month

October 16, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two judges and six lawyers are vying to fill the Maryland Court of Appeals seat that will become vacant next month when longtime appeals court Judge John C. Eldridge retires.

The list of applicants for the 5th Appellate Circuit seat, which includes Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties, includes two judges on Maryland's intermediate appellate court, as well as top legal officials in Anne Arundel and Calvert counties.

All eight will be interviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission on Nov. 17. Eldridge will retire Nov. 13.

The candidates are:

P. Tyson Bennett, 55, the managing partner of the Annapolis office of the Columbia-based firm Reese & Carney, who has served as the Anne Arundel County school board attorney for two decades.

Judge Clayton Greene Jr., 52, a Court of Special Appeals judge since January 2002, who served as an Anne Arundel District Court judge from 1988 to 1995 and a Circuit Court judge from 1996 to last year.

Judge James A. Kenney III, 66, a Court of Special Appeals judge since 1997, who worked as a private attorney in St. Mary's County before he was appointed to the bench.

Timothy E. Meredith, 51, a partner in the Severna Park law firm Warfield, Meredith & Darrah, who specializes in civil litigation, mainly business and real estate issues.

Robert B. Ostrom, 59, who was appointed chief counsel for the U.S. Maritime Administration last year and was previously of counsel with the Rockville law firm Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy and Ecker, specializing in corporate and administrative law.

Robert B. Riddle, 57, the state's attorney for Calvert County since 1995.

David A. Roling, 41, a partner with the Annapolis law firm Wharton, Levin, Ehrmantraut & Klein, specializing in medical malpractice defense.

Linda M. Schuett, 53, the county attorney for Anne Arundel County since 1999, who worked in private practice before her appointment and has served on the Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure since the early 1980s.

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