D.C. Superior Court Judge Rafael Diaz is retiring effective March 26, opening up a vacancy on the bench, the D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission announced today.
Diaz, a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association, was appointed to the bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. Diaz is a 1981 graduate of Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C., and formerly worked in various divisions of D.C.’s then-Office of Corporation Counsel. Before his appointment to the bench, Diaz was a senior trial attorney in the special litigation office of the civil division of Corporation Counsel (now the D.C. Attorney General’s Office). Diaz was not immediately available for an interview.
The JNC is seeking applications for the post. “In view of the current make-up of the court and anticipated needs in the future, attorneys with extensive civil litigation experience are encouraged to apply,” the JNC said in a statement today.
Qualified applicants must be D.C. residents, be active members of the D.C. Bar, and for the five-year period preceding the nomination, be engaged in the practice of law in the District, on the faculty of a law school in the District, or employed as an attorney by the United States or the D.C. government. The JNC will submit three names to President Barack Obama, whose nomination goes to the Senate for a vote.
Want to apply? The JNC says applicants must review and comply with the instructions and application materials at the JNC’s Web site. Applications and correspondence should be sent to the JNC chairman, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, at 515 Fifth Street, N.W., Suite 235, Washington, D.C., 20001. Further instructions about how to apply are online at the JNC. Questions about the application process should be directed to the JNC’s executive director at (202) 879-0478.