The Judicial Nomination Commission announced today that it has named Teresa Howie, Stuart Nash, and Maria Raffinan as candidates to fill the vacancy on D.C. Superior Court created when Rufus King III stepped down as chief judge. Their names will be sent to President George W. Bush, who will make the final nomination.
The candidates, selected from a pool of 20 applicants, represent three different sectors of the criminal justice system.
Howie, 50, is an 18-year veteran of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and has served in a number of leadership roles at the office, including currently serving as deputy chief of the Superior Court Division. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she was an associate at Sidley Austin.
Nash, 43, is currently serving as both associate deputy attorney general and director of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces program at the Department of Justice. He also spent seven years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. and three years at Williams & Connolly.
Raffinan, 38, is a supervising attorney in the trial division at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. Before joining PDS, Raffinan worked in the Office of the Federal Public Defender Service for D.C.