The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission released the names of 16 attorneys and judges applying to fill retiring District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Zinora Mitchell-Rankin's seat.
The list is judge-heavy. Of the 16 applicants, six are magistrate judges in Superior Court and four are administrative law judges for the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings.
Three of the applicants were recommended by the commission last month for consideration by the White House to fill retiring Superior Court Judge Joan Zeldon's seat – Maria Amato, general counsel for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections; Rainey Brandt, special counsel to the Superior Court chief judge; and Jason Tulley, special counsel for the D.C. Public Defender Service. The White House can consider any attorney applicant already recommended by the commission for any open court vacancy, however.
Mitchell-Rankin will retire Feb. 29. The commission is seeking feedback (PDF) on the applicants by Feb. 27.
Besides Amato, Brandt and Tulley, the other non-judge applicants are D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Associate Director Mark Herzog; Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa Howie; and Covington & Burling associate Theodore “Jack” Metzler Jr.
Presiding Superior Court Magistrate Judge William Nooter has applied for the seat, along with Superior Court Magistrate Judges Joseph Beshouri, Karen Howze, Kimberly Knowles, Lori Parker and Elizabeth Wingo.
Administrative Law Judges Claudia Crichlow, Sharon Goodie, Arabella Teal and Steven Wellner also applied.