Hogan Names Chief Judge for State’s 2nd Highest Court

    Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) on Tuesday nominated Special Court of Appeals Judge Matthew J. Fader to become the court’s chief judge.

    Fader will replace Chief Judge Patrick L. Woodward, who hits the mandatory retirement age next week.

    “I am confident that Judge Fader is the most qualified candidate to step into the chief judge role on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals,” Hogan said in a statement.

    Prior to his appointment to the Court of Special Appeals a year ago, Fader was an assistant state attorney general and was the chief of litigation for the State of Maryland. Previously, he was a partner at the Pittsburgh-based firm K&L Gates, LLP, where he represented clients in commercial litigation in federal and state courts, as well as arbitrations. Fader also served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice from 1999-2002. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and received his J.D. from Yale Law School where he served as Senior Editor on the Yale Law Journal.

    Woodward had served as chief judge of the Court of Special Appeals since May of 2017, and was first appointed to the court by former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) in 2005.

    The Court of Special Appeals is the state’s second-highest court.

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