The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission released the names Wednesday morning of 20 applicants vying for retiring Judge Joan Zeldon's seat on the District of Columbia Superior Court bench.
Zeldon, who is seeking senior status, will retire as an associate judge in early December. The commission is asking for public comment on the applicants, who include prosecutors, public defenders, magistrate judges and private practice attorneys.
Current magistrate judges seeking consideration include Diane Brenneman, Karen Howze, Aida Melendez, Lori Parker and Elizabeth Wingo. Local administrative law judges Sharon Goodie, Arabella Teal and Steven Wellner have also applied, along with Rainey Brandt, special counsel to the Superior Court.
Applicants from the city’s Public Defender Service are Laura Hankins and Jason Tulley. Prosecutors included on the list are Teresa Howie of the U.S. attorney’s office and Armando Rodriguez-Feo of the Justice Department’s civil division.
From the private practice world, Jackson & Campbell senior counsel Lydia Auzoux, solo practitioner Nathan Neal and Gebhardt & Associates associate Valencia Rainey have applied, along with Richard Jerome, a project manager for the Pew Charitable Trust, and Julie Katzman, a vice president and deputy general counsel for Fannie Mae.
Maria-Claudia Amato, general counsel for the city’s Department of Corrections, and D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Associate Director Mark Herzog are also applicants.
The commission will weigh eight factors, including each applicant’s judicial temperament, professional skills, ethics, commitment to diversity, leadership, efficiency, writing skills and community service. Comments are being accepted until Nov. 14.
The complete list of applicants from the commission is available here (PDF).