District of Columbia Superior Court Senior Judge Rufus King III, a former chief judge of the court, is seeking reappointment.
King was appointed to the court in 1984 and was reappointed in 1999. After serving two four-year terms as chief judge beginning in 2000, he took senior status in late 2008.
The District’s Commission on Judicial Tenure and Disabilities is asking for comments on King’s performance from lawyers, organizations, litigants and the general public by March 22.
Before joining the court, King worked in private practice at several small firms. As a judge, he has served in the criminal, civil and family divisions, including several years leading the civil division.
During his time as chief judge, King oversaw the transition from a family division to a distinct Family Court and led efforts to overhaul court technology. He was a founding member of the D.C. Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, a body that brings together representatives of the courts, city government, criminal defense bar, and law enforcement.
Unlike Superior Court associate judges, who serve 15-year terms, senior judges are reviewed every four years, or every two years once they reach age 74.
The seven-member commission is led by U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler. It includes four local attorneys – William Lightfoot of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot; Jones Day's Noel Francisco; Shirley Ann Higuchi of the American Psychological Association; and Jeannine Sanford of Bread for the City – and two non-attorneys – Michael Fauntroy and Michael deVere Williams.