Three D.C. Superior Court judges are up for reappointment as associate judges this year, and the D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure has already started their evaluations.
If the commission finds them to be “well qualified,” Judge Judith Bartnoff, Judge Zoe Bush, and Judge Rhonda Reid-Winston will have their terms extended by 15 years. If the commission finds a judge to be “qualified,” President Barack Obama may, but is not required to, submit their nomination to the Senate for confirmation.
An "unqualified” determination means the judge is ineligible for reappointment. Public comments are due by March 31.
All three judges were appointed to the bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. Bartnoff, a former partner at Patton Boggs, currently presides over the Domestic Violence Unit. She has served in the Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions of the Court. Bush has served in the Criminal, Civil, and Domestic Violence Divisions of the Court as well as in the Family Court.
She is Co-chair of the Training Committee of the Family Court, is a member of its Implementation Committee and Panels Oversight Committee and is a past member of the Family Rules Advisory Committee.
Winston, a former public defender in Washington, has served in every division of the court. Currently, Winston hears cases in the Probate Division.