The White House announced this afternoon that President Barack Obama has nominated District of Columbia Superior Court Magistrate Judge Kimberley Knowles for an associate judge vacancy on the bench.
Knowles has been a magistrate judge in Superior Court since 2010, presiding over cases in the domestic violence branch and the criminal division. Before joining the bench, she was an assistant U.S. attorney in the District, and served as deputy chief of the office's sex offense and domestic violence section from 2004 until she joined the court.
The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission recommended Knowles to the White House in April to fill the seat vacated by retiring Judge Zinora Mitchell-Rankin.
Before joining the U.S. attorney’s office in 1997, Knowles worked as a law clerk for District of Columbia Court of Appeals Chief Judge Eric Washington, who was an associate judge in Superior Court at the time. She earned her J.D. in 1996 from Howard University School of Law.
This was Knowles’ first time applying for a Superior Court judgeship. She could not immediately be reached for comment this afternoon.
Knowles will now go before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for confirmation proceedings.