The 17-member commission tasked with reviewing candidates for U.S. attorney and for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will soon be accepting applications, perhaps as early as this week, said Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Pauline Schneider, who chairs the body.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton assembled the commission last month, and it met for the first time on March 26. Schneider, in a telephone interview, said the commission would focus on the filling the U.S. attorney slot first, before moving onto three vacancies on the federal district court. Norton is expected to make applications available “within days,” Schneider said.
The names of the applicants and their questionnaires will not be made public, Schneider said. Once the review for each position is complete, the commission will forward three names to Norton. It’s still unclear whether Norton will submit a three-name slate to President Barack Obama for consideration or recommend one name for each position, as she did during the Clinton administration. (Norton was not immediately available for comment.) Last month, Legal Times reported that Norton was hashing out the details in talks with the White House.
The new commission will meet as needed. Schneider said the commission has received “communications” from potential applicants, though she declined say for which positions.
Click here for a list of members of the commission, which includes a host of local political and community leaders, as well as six private practitioners from various sized firms.