Judicial nominees

From left to right: David Wheeler, Paul Carroll, and Jack Hall.

EASTON — Gov. Larry Hogan appointed two judges to top positions on the Talbot County Orphans’ Court Nov. 1.

Paul Carroll, who served as an associate judge at the Orphans’ Court since 2014, will become the new chief judge, following the retirement of Will Howard.

Jack Hall, a Queen Anne’s County native and a practiced lawyer of 43 years, will take the vacant associate judge position. He joins David Wheeler, another associate judge, to complete the three positions at the court.

Carroll, 73, owned the Sears in Easton for 23 years. Prior to that, he was an employee there for 26 years. He joined the Talbot County Orphans’ Court in 2014 after retiring.

“When I was a teenager, my closest friend was an orphan court judge, and I thought maybe one day I could do the same thing,” he said, saying he wanted to give back to the community.

Hall, 76, has practiced at various law firms in Maryland, including Baltimore City and in Easton. He retired in 2012, though he sought a judicial seat to the Orphans’ Court in 2014 and lost the election. Since Howard, the previous chief judge, retired during an interim year, Hogan appointed Hall and Carroll to the vacant positions.

Hall, a lifelong Republican, said he was proud to join the courts for the first time. He has years of experience in managing estate deeds and wills, a primary function of the Orphans’ Courts.

“I thought it was a way to continue to be active in the community,” he said. “This is an area where I have some knowledge and I don’t have to start with a blank sheet.”

As chief judge, Carroll said he is excited to work with Hall, who brings diversity to the team as a former attorney.

“With his experience, we are extremely honored to have him,” Carroll said.

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