Updated at 5:33 p.m.
District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Linda Davis will retire June 30, according to a release (PDF) today from the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission.
Davis, who was appointed to the bench in 1995, presides over criminal and misdemeanor cases, as well as the mental health community court. "It's been 17 wonderful years," she said, "but I think it's just time."
The commission is accepting applications for attorneys interested in filling her seat. Applicants have until May 25 to submit their information to the commission.
Before joining the bench, Davis spent her career in public service, first as a public defender and later with the U.S. Department of Justice.
After earning her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1972, Davis joined the D.C. Public Defender Service. In 1976, she joined the civil rights division of the Justice Department, working in the criminal section. She served as chief of the criminal section from 1984 until her appointment to the court.
Davis' husband is fellow Superior Court Judge Robert Richter.
Applicants must be a resident of the District and an active member of the D.C. Bar. More information on how to apply for the vacancy is available on the commission website.