Thirteen attorneys and judges are vying for the D.C. Court of Appeals seat vacated by Judge Noël Kramer. Kramer retired effective May 1.
The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission announced the applicants last night. They include D.C. Solicitor General Todd Kim and D.C. Appleseed Executive Director Walter Smith Jr., both of whom were previously up for former D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Inez Reid’s seat when she retired last year. Corinne Beckwith of the Public Defender Service scored the nomination and is pending Senate confirmation.
Other applicants are:
- Kali Bracey, a partner at Washington’s Jenner & Block;
- Alan Burch, an assistant U.S. Attorney in the civil division;
- Catharine Easterly, an attorney with the Public Defender Service;
- Christopher Handman, an appellate attorney with Washington’s Hogan Lovells;
- Cornish Hitchcock, a local solo practitioner;
- Judge Craig Iscoe, appointed to the D.C. Superior Court in 2003;
- Lorelie Masters, a partner at Washington’s Jenner & Block;
- Roy McLeese III, head of the appellate practice in the U.S. Attorney’s office;
- Leslie Meek, an administrative law judge for the city’s Department of Employment Services;
- Daniel Squire, a partner at Washington’s Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr; and
- Paul Wolfson, also a partner at Wilmer.
The commission is seeking feedback on the applicants in eight categories, including judicial temperament, ethics, leadership, writing skills and community service. All comments, which are kept confidential, are due to the commission by June 6. A copy of the comment form can be found here, and other comments can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.