Roundup of President Obama’s Judicial Appointments to D.C. Courts During His First Term in Office

Feb 4th, 2013 | By Douglas C. Melcher | Category: Short Articles

This article provides a brief roundup of President Barack Obama’s judicial appointments to the D.C. Courts during his first term in office. All of the judges identified here were nominated by President Obama and then confirmed by the United States Senate. The judges are identified, with respect to each court, in the approximate order in which they were confirmed.

During his first term in office, President Obama appointed three associate judges to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The three associate judges are Corinne Beckwith, Catharine Friend Easterly, and Roy W. McLeese III. Judge Beckwith and Judge Easterly both previously worked for the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, while Judge McLeese previously worked for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. As a result of these appointments, one-third of the regular, active service judges of the Court of Appeals are appointees of President Obama.

During his first term in office, President Obama appointed thirteen associate judges to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The thirteen associate judges are Florence Y. Pan, Stuart G. Nash, Marisa J. Demeo, Todd E. Edelman, Judith A. Smith, Milton C. Lee, Jr., Maribeth Raffinan, Jennifer A. Di Toro, Yvonne M. Williams, Danya Dayson, Peter A. Krauthamer, John F. McCabe, Jr., and Kimberley S. Knowles. As a result of these appointments, approximately one-fifth of the regular, active service associate judges of the Superior Court are appointees of President Obama.

President Obama nominated three additional individuals to fill vacancies on the Superior Court during his first term in office, but the Senate did not vote on the nominations prior to the end of the last session of Congress. As a result, the nominations were returned to the President. The President has yet to nominate or re-nominate anyone to fill those vacancies.

To retrieve a biographical statement from the D.C. Court’s website about any of the aforementioned judges, click on the name of the judge of interest.

Douglas C. Melcher is a civil litigator who has more than a decade of experience in the private practice of law. He has written numerous articles for D.C. Law Report and other publications, and is the author of the book Tort Claims and Defenses in the District of Columbia. For further information about Mr. Melcher, click here.