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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Judicial Appointments

photo of courtroom gavelMaryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced the appointment of Stacy McCormack and Donna Schaeffer to the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Harry Storm to the Montgomery County Circuit Court, and Lisa Broten to the Howard County District Court. The governor made the appointments after reviewing submissions from the judicial nominating commissions.

“After conducting a thorough vetting process, I am confident that Ms. McCormack, Ms. Schaeffer, Mr. Storm, and Ms. Broten are the most qualified candidates to fill these vacancies,” said Governor Hogan. “Their extensive legal experience in our state has prepared them well and I offer my sincere congratulations.”

Donna McCabe Schaeffer will fill a vacancy on the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County. Donna Schaeffer has practiced law for over 30 years, and is currently a director at Council, Baradel, Kosmerl & Nolan, P.A. Her previous experience also includes professional mediation and clerking for a Maryland Court of Appeals associate judge. Schaeffer graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law and has been voted a “What’s Up Annapolis” Leading Lawyer in Family Law by her peers each year for the past six years.

Stacy Wiederle McCormack will fill another vacancy on the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County. Stacy McCormack is currently a sole practitioner in Annapolis, focusing on criminal and personal injury cases. Her previous experience also includes working at the Public Defender’s Office, Jaklitsch Law Group, and clerking for a Maryland Court of Special Appeals judge. McCormack graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Harry Carl Storm will fill a vacancy on the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Harry Storm has practiced law for more than 35 years, and is currently a shareholder at Lerch, Early & Brewer. His previous experience also includes helping to form Abrams, West & Storm, P.C. and serving as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Montgomery County. Mr. Storm is also the incoming President of the Maryland State Bar Association, a current member of the arbitration panel of neutrals of the American Arbitration Association, and has previously held leadership positions in both the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Montgomery County. Storm graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Lisa Louise Broten will fill a vacancy on the Howard County District Court. Lisa Broten has served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Howard County for the past 17 years. During this time she has served in various roles and has interacted with both the Howard County Circuit Court and the Howard County District Court. Her previous experience also includes interning as an Asper Fellow with the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office. Broten graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law.

These appointments take effect immediately.

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