Hogan Makes 3 Appointments to Montgomery County District Court

Governor chooses prosecutor, administrative law judge, solo practitioner for open spots


Montgomery County District Court in Rockville

State of Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday filled three judicial vacancies in Montgomery County District Court.

Hogan picked prosecutor Sherri D. Koch, administrative law judge Marina L. Sabett and solo practitioner Rand L. Gelber for the open positions.

“These individuals have demonstrated an exceptional understanding of our legal process and a firm commitment to upholding the law. I am confident that they will be strong advocates for justice in our state,” Hogan said in a prepared statement.

He chose the three appointees from a list of applicants submitted by the state judicial nominating commission, according to a press release.

Koch has spent her entire legal career in the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and is currently a senior prosecutor in the special victims unit.

Sabett had a civil trial practice with the firm Venable, LLP, for more than 10 years and since 2010 has worked in the state Office of Administrative Hearings. Gelber has run his own practice for about 25 years and previously worked as an associate at a different firm.

Two of the district court judgeships opened up through the retirement of Judge William G. Simmons and the elevation of Judge Jeannie E. Cho to the county’s circuit court. The third spot was a new position created earlier this year by the state legislature.

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