News Briefs: March 2013

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By Douglas C. Melcher | Category: News Briefs

» On March 19, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Michael Kenny O’Keefe and Robert D. Okun to serve as Associate Judges on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Mr. O’Keefe is a solo practitioner in the areas of criminal defense and family law. Mr. Okun currently serves as the Chief of the Special Proceedings Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. To read the White House’s press release announcing the nominations, click here.

» On March 15, 2013, the Judicial Nomination Commission announced that the current four-year term of the Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals will expire in August 2013. The JNC — which is responsible for designating the Chief Judge from among the judges of the Court of Appeals who are in regular, active service — is seeking qualified applicants for the position. The current Chief Judge is the Honorable Eric T. Washington. Chief Judge Washington is eligible for, and has expressed an interest in, re-designation as Chief Judge. To read the JNC’s announcement, click here.

» On March 12, 2013, the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure announced that it has begun reappointment evaluations of Associate Judges Patricia A. Broderick and Neal E. Kravitz of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Their current terms expire in October 2013. Interested persons may submit information on the qualifications of these judges for consideration by the Tenure Commission. To read the Tenure Commission’s announcement, click here.

» On March 4, 2013, The Blog of LegalTimes published an article summarizing testimony of D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan at an oversight hearing of the D.C. Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. As discussed in the article, Attorney General Nathan testified about, among other topics, the District’s liabilities and recoveries in civil litigation during 2012. To read the article, click here.

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