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First African American, First Openly LGBTQ Person Named Chief Judge of Court of Special Appeals

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Governor Larry Hogan made nine judicial announcements Thursday, including E. Gregory Wells named as chief judge on the Court of Special Appeals.

Wells, of Calvert County, is currently a judge on the Court of Special Appeals and has served on the court since 2019.

He will be the first African American to serve as chief judge of the Court of Special Appeals, and the first openly LGBTQ person to serve as chief judge of either of Maryland’s appellate courts.

Prior to his appointment to the court, he served as an assistant attorney general in the Criminal Appeals Division of the Office of the Attorney General and was the first African American to serve as Calvert County State’s Attorney.