District 33 Republican Del. Michael Malone has been appointed by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to serve on the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
Malone was among seven nominees being considered to replace Judge Laura Ripken who was appointed to the Court of Special Appeals in January.
“It’s very exciting. I look forward to serving the citizens of Anne Arundel County,” Malone said Thursday by phone. “I’m both humbled and honored by the governor’s appointment of me to the Circuit Court of Anne Arundel County.”
Hogan announced Malone’s appointment along with two other judicial nominations from Washington and Baltimore counties. Victoria Jeanne Lobley, a criminal defense attorney, will serve on the Washington County District Court and Wendy Anne Zerwitz Schenker Epstein, a family law magistrate, will serve on the Baltimore County Circuit Court.
“The appointment of qualified individuals to serve across our state’s justice system is paramount to upholding our responsibilities to the people of Maryland and the rule of law,” Hogan said in a news release. “I have every confidence that Ms. Lobley, Magistrate Epstein, and Del. Malone will continue to be strong advocates for the law and will continue to serve the citizens of their respective counties and Maryland honorably.”
Malone has represented Anne Arundel County in the Maryland House of Delegates since 2015. He currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee and is a Republican Ranking Judiciary Committee member.
“Even though it’s a great loss in the House of Delegates, it’s a great asset on the judiciary,” said Del. Sid Saab, Malone’s Republican seatmate in District 33. “We’ve worked closely throughout the last seven years; we will miss him but we wish him the best of luck.”
Malone’s term was set to end in January 2023. Once he accepts his judicial appointment, the Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee will be tasked with naming a replacement. That person’s name will be sent to the governor who has the final say over who fills the vacancy.
Outside of his legislative duties, Malone has operated his own solo law practice in Gambrills since 2007. Before that, he practiced law as an associate in Glen Burnie with Robert Fuoco, a general practitioner.
From 1992 to 1993, Malone served as a law clerk for the Honorable Marvin S. Kaminetz, Circuit Court of Maryland for St. Mary’s County. He received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and his law degree from the University of Baltimore, School of Law.