U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy Jr. will retire effective Nov. 18, opening up a new vacancy on the bench. U.S. District Senior Judge Ricardo Urbina will retire in March of next year; Assistant U.S. Attorney Rudolph Contreras has already been nominated to fill his seat on the bench and is awaiting Senate confirmation.
"Judges Urbina and Kennedy have been outstanding judges and trusted colleagues," Lamberth said in a statement. "We will miss their presence, and wish them well in their future endeavors."
The announcement from Lamberth didn’t include a reason for the judges’ decision to retire. Neither judge could immediately be reached.
Urbina took the bench in 1994. He was previously a judge in District of Columbia Superior Court from 1981 to 1994. Kennedy was appointed in 1997. He also spent time in Superior Court before moving to federal court, serving as a judge from 1979 to 1997.