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Eleven vie for District judgeship

February 24, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN

erinc@herald-mail.com

Eleven Washington County residents have applied for a judgeship opening in Washington County District Court. The list of possible judges was released Thursday.

The applicants are Mark K. Boyer, Regina Mary Cirincion, Steven Clarke Kessell, Dana Lynne Moylan, Michael E. Nehring, Scott L. Schubel, Mark Duvall Thomas, Robert C. Veil Jr., Margaret L. Williams, Gregory C. Bannon and Daniel P. Dwyer.

The position was made available in December, when former District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. was named to a Washington County Circuit judgeship.

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Boyer, 40, of Hagerstown, is a part-time assistant state's attorney and is in private practice with Urner Nairn & Boyer in Hagerstown, he said. The firm represents the City of Hagerstown as general counsel.

Boyer has been practicing law for 13 years, he said, and has worked in the State's Attorney Office for about six years.

Cirincion, 40, of Clear Spring, is the senior assistant state's attorney. She was in Annapolis Thursday testifying before the Maryland General Assembly about two house bills to stiffen penalties for crimes against children and could not be reached for comment.

Cirincion, Dwyer, Moylan and Schubel applied in October for the Circuit Court judgeship.

Kessell, the deputy state's attorney, did not return a phone call to his home Thursday.

When interviewed in October, Moylan was working at Miller, Oliver, Baker, Moylan and Stone - a private firm where she was a partner. She had been with the firm since 1994, she said at the time. She could not be reached Thursday.

According to Herald-Mail reports, Nehring has worked as a defense attorney. Attempts to reach him Thursday night were unsuccessful.

Schubel, 46, of Leitersburg, has worked as an attorney for 21 years. He is a private attorney at Schubel & Hadigian in Hagerstown, he said.

Thomas, Williams and Bannon were unable to be reached by phone Thursday.

Veil, 47, of Leitersburg, is the assistant state's attorney, who said he prosecutes mainly felony jury cases. Veil was in private practice in Hagerstown for about 15 years before joining the State's Attorney Office, he said.

He has served for six years on the Washington County Board of Appeals, and was chairman of the board for most of that time. Veil is the standing examiner for Washington County Circuit Court, where he hears uncontested cases. He was appointed to the position in 1989, Veil said.

Before joining the State's Attorney's Office, Veil was an instructor of business law at Hagerstown Community College.

Dwyer was the Circuit Court Domestic Relations Master when interviewed in October. He is a former private attorney and a former prosecutor who has served as the Domestic Relations Master for Washington County since 1996.

Dwyer was unable to be reached by phone Thursday.

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