President Obama today nominated a law professor and a magistrate judge to fill vacancies on the District of Columbia Superior Court.
The White House tapped Todd Edelman, a visiting associate professor at The Georgetown University Law Center, and Superior Court Magistrate Judge Judith Smith for spots on the bench, bringing his total tally of nominees for Washington’s local trial court to six. Only one of his nominees, Judge Florence Pan, has been confirmed.
Edelman, a New York University Law School grad, began at Georgetown as an adjunct professor in 2004. He was also of counsel at Washington’s Bredhoff & Kaiser between 2005 and 2008. Before then, he spent most of his career as a trial attorney with Washington’s Public Defender Service, which he joined in 1997. He served of chief of the office’s Serious Felony Section from 2002 to 2004.
Smith, a Georgetown law grad, was appointed a magistrate judge in 2008. Prior to that, she served as attorney advisor to the D.C. Office of the State Superintendant. She has also worked as a lawyer for PDS’ Juvenile Services Program and directed federal and family court monitoring for the D.C. Public Schools Office of Special Education.