Updated 5/29/13 at 9:20 a.m.
The commission that vets applicants for the District of Columbia's local courts is accepting submissions from lawyers who want to take retiring D.C. Superior Court Judge Natalia Combs Greene's seat on the bench.
The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission announced today that it is accepting applications through August 16 and letters of recommendation or endorsements through September 6. Greene will retire at the end of September and is seeking appointment as a senior judge.
Greene's seat is one of three open seats in Superior Court. The White House, which nominates judges to the city's local courts, is vetting applicants already recommended by the commission for the other vacancies.
Greene, who currently handles a civil case calendar, joined the court in 1998, meaning she'll retire at the end of her first 15-year term on the bench. In a phone interview, she said it seemed like a good time to retire and that besides seeking senior status, she wasn't sure what she might do next.
"It's been a fabulous opportunity and great challenge," she said. "I hope that if the tenure commission gives me favorable consideration I won't be completely gone from the place and I can hopefully continue to do good work on the court, just not full time."
Before her nomination, Greene spent most of her career as a federal prosecutor, both for the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. attorney's office in Washington. In the years leading up to her appointment, she oversaw training in the U.S. attorney's office and served as special counsel to then-U.S. Attorney Wilma Lewis, now a federal court judge in the Virgin Islands.
Greene also spent several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s in private practice at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco.
As a judge, she has served on the judicial education committee and as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel Committee.
The seven-member nomination commission will recommend three applicants to the White House. The president's nominee will go before the U.S. Senate for confirmation proceedings. The commission is led by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan. Other members include William Lucy, a vice president at the AFL-CIO; Natalie Ludaway of Leftwich & Ludaway; Dickstein Shapiro's Woody Peterson; Venable's Karl Racine; the Rev. Morris Shearin Sr.; and Grace Speights of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.