Judicial Appointments Committee




Sidney Allen Butcher (Co-Chair)
120 E Baltimore St
Fl 9
Baltimore, MD 21202-1674
Private email address

Donna E. McBride (Co-Chair)
200B Monroe St.
Rockville, MD 20850
P: (301) 762-5212
F: (301) 762-6044

Dennis Michael Robinson Jr (Co-Chair)
7 Saint Paul St
Ste 1500
Baltimore, MD 21202-1636
P: (410) 347-8700
F: (410) 234-2376


Handbook for Judicial Applicants
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This Committee, made up of local and at-large members, receives and reviews a copy of each judicial application for every judicial vacancy statewide, and contacts references; assigns the application to a Committee member for the preparation of a summary and presentation to the Committee; then conducts an in-person interview of each applicant; and votes on the applicant’s qualifications. It then submits the Committee’s confidential findings to the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and the Governor for consideration (some JNCs request and receive an oral presentation from the Committee Chairs prior to their interviews of the applicants). The Committee provides each JNC with its peer evaluation of each applicant’s qualifications, which stands as the MSBA’s formal position with regard to that applicant for a period of 18 months.


This Committee receives and reviews a copy of each application for judicial appointment, contacts references, assigns the application to a local member for the preparation of a summary and presentation to the Committee, then conducts an interview of each applicant and votes on the applicant's qualifications. It submits the findings to the Judicial Nomination Commission for consideration. The purpose of this Committee is to provide the Judicial Nomination Commission with peer evaluation of an applicant's qualifications. Its evaluation process is currently being reviewed and changes are expected.