The D.C. Bar Judicial Evaluation Committee recently kicked off its annual evaluation program and is looking for feedback from attorneys on the performance of 34 judges in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior Court.
The committee evaluates judges who are in their 2nd, 6th, 10th and 13th years on the bench. Senior judges are evaluated in the second year of a four-year term or once during a two-year term. Bar members in the area are being asked to fill out evaluation forms for judges they have appeared before between Nov. 1, 2009 and Oct. 31, 2011.
The deadline to submit a survey is Jan. 13. Participants will be kept anonymous, according to a release from the D.C. Bar.
The evaluated judges, as well as the chief judges, will get a copy of the survey results. Copies of surveys for judges in their 6th, 10th and 13th year will also be sent to the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure, which conducts official performance evaluations of judges.
Eight appellate judges are up for review this year, including Judges Michael Farrell, John Fisher, Theodore Newman, Kathryn Oberly, William Pryor, Frank Schwelb, John Terry, and Annice Wagner.
There are 26 Superior Court associate and senior judges being reviewed this year, including Judges Judith Bartnoff, Leonard Braman, Patricia Broderick, A. Franklin Burgess Jr., Arthur Burnett Sr., Zoe Bush, Erik Christian, Laura Cordero, Rufus King III, Neal Kravitz, Lynn Leibovitz, Jose Lopez, Cheryl Long, Juliet McKenna, Stephen Milliken, Florence Pan, Rhonda Reid Winston, Maurice Ross, Linda Turner, Paul Webber III, Ronald Wertheim, Susan Winfield, Peter Wolf, Melvin Wright, and Joan Zeldon.