Press Release

October 16, 2023
Cardin, Van Hollen Open Application Process for Filling Upcoming Maryland U.S. District Court Vacancy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have opened a public process for applications from Marylanders interested in serving as United States District Judge for the District of Maryland. The announcement comes after United States Chief District Judge (Maryland) James Bredar has informed the White House and the U.S. Senate of his intention to take senior status next year.

“We are looking for Marylanders with strong legal experience and roots in our local community. Qualified applicants must have the highest integrity and competence in the law,” Cardin and Van Hollen said. “The Constitution provides for lifetime appointments for federal judges, which is unique in our federal government. We take this responsibility seriously and seek individuals who demonstrate that they will advance justice and equality under the law.”

On Monday, official notices were distributed to bar associations throughout Maryland and through a legal notice in the Daily Record. Interested attorneys may find the application at this link: Completed applications must be submitted by close of business on November 13, 2023. After reviewing the applications, the senators will make recommendations to President Joe Biden on filling this vacancy. Federal judicial nominations require a Presidential appointment and Senate confirmation.

The letter to Maryland bar associations can be downloaded here:

The Daily Record legal notice can be found here: