News Briefs: May 2013

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

» On May 31, 2013, the D.C. Office of the Attorney General announced a $2.6 million settlement of a lawsuit brought against the District of Columbia for the murder of four children by their mother. The lawsuit alleged that the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency should have taken actions that would have averted the murders. To read the OAG’s announcement, click here. To read an article published by The Washington Post about the settlement, click here.

» On May 30, 2013, the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure announced that Judge James A. Belson of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals is seeking reappointment as a Senior Judge. The CJDT has invited interested persons to comment on whether it should recommend his reappointment. To read the CJDT’s announcement, click here.

» On May 30, 2013, the Judicial Nomination Commission announced a vacancy on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals due to the retirement of Judge Kathryn A. Oberly. The JNC is seeking applicants to fill this vacancy. To read the JNC’s announcement about this vacancy, click here. To read an article published by The Blog of LegalTimes about Judge Oberly’s retirement, click here.

» On May 28, 2013, the Judicial Nomination Commission announced a vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia due to the retirement of Judge Natalia M. Combs Greene. The JNC is seeking applicants to fill this vacancy. To read the JNC’s announcement about this vacancy, click here.

» On May 23, 2013, the United States Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominations of Michael Kenny O’Keefe and Robert D. Okun to be Associate Judges of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. See 159 Cong. Rec. S3884-85 (daily ed. May 23, 2013).  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 from earlier this year announcing the nominations and describing the backgrounds of Mr. O’Keefe and Mr. Okun in further detail, click here.

» On May 15, 2013, the Judicial Nomination Commission announced its recommendation of three individuals to fill a vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia due to the retirement of Judge A. Franklin Burgess Jr. The individuals recommended by the JNC are Ann Marie Carroll who is an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia; William Ward Nooter, who is a Magistrate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia; and Steven Michael Wellner who is Principal Administrative Law Judge for Unemployment Insurance Appeals for the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings. President Barack Obama has sixty (60) days from the date of the JNC’s recommendation to make a nomination to fill the vacancy. To read the JNC’s announcement, which describes each individual’s background in further detail, click here.

About the Publisher: The D.C. Law Report is published by Douglas C. Melcher. Mr. Melcher is a licensed attorney and an active member of the District of Columbia Bar with more than a decade of experience in the private practice of law in the District of Columbia. He is a civil litigator with experience litigating a wide range of matters, including torts cases. He has written numerous articles for The D.C. Law Report and other publications, and is the author of the book Tort Claims and Defenses in the District of Columbia. To learn more about Mr. Melcher, click here. To learn about Mr. Melcher’s book, click here.

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