The District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure is seeking feedback on two judges in the District of Columbia Superior Court: Senior Judge Curtis von Kann, who is requesting reappointment, and Judge Zinora Mitchell-Rankin, who is retiring next month and seeking senior status.
Von Kann was appointed to Superior Court in 1985. Before joining the bench, he was in private practice at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) in Washington, Lillick, McHose and Charles in California, and Stein, Mitchell & Mezines (now Stein, Mitchell & Muse) in Washington. He took senior status in 1995 and now also works as an arbitrator and mediator.
Senior judges are evaluated for reappointment every four years, or every two years if they’re over the age of 74.
Mitchell-Rankin is retiring as an associate judge on Feb. 29. She was appointed to the bench in 1990 and is currently assigned to the domestic relations branch of Family Court. The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission is accepting applications to fill her seat through Jan. 30.
The commission is accepting comments on either judge through Feb. 29. Materials submitted will be kept confidential, unless the sender gives authorization, according to a release from the commission.