List of Nominees Finalized for Circuit Court Opening

11 Montgomery County residents are under consideration

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Montgomery County Circuit Court

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Eleven Montgomery County residents are on a list of potential replacements for Michael Mason, an associate judge with the Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Mason will retire Dec. 6 after 24 years of service in his position. He was one of the original judges who handled complex litigation surrounding business and  , according to a recent article in the Maryland Daily Record. In 2013, he was named Jurist of the Year by the Montgomery County Bar Association.

The nominees for his position are:

Theresa Michelle Chernosky, an attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County;

Patrick Mitri Connelly, a Rockville attorney with the Law Office of Patrick M. Connelly;

Christopher Curtis Fogleman, a Rockville attorney with the firm Gleason, Flynn, Emig & Fogleman;

Kenneth Andrew Grigg Jr., a Potomac resident and assistant state attorney with the State’s Attorney’s Office of Prince George’s County;

Honorable Holly David Reed III, an associate judge in the Montgomery County District Court;

Samantha Beth Sandler, an attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County;

Holly Ann Whittier, a family magistrate in Montgomery County Circuit Court;

Gerald William Heller, a Bethesda attorney with the firm Linowes and Blocher;

Honorable Patricia Lynn Mitchell, an administrative judge in Montgomery County District Court;

Honorable John Christian Moffett, an associate judge in Montgomery County District Court; and

Clark Emanuel Wisor III, master of domestic relations with the state of Maryland.

Gov. Larry Hogan will appoint a nominee to the bench following a meeting of the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission on Oct. 19. The judge must then stand for election for a 15-year-term in the next general election occurring one year after nomination to the court.

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to include an updated photo of Montgomery County Circuit Court. 

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