A federal prosecutor, magistrate judge and administrative law judge are being considered by the White House for a vacancy on the District of Columbia Superior Court.
The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission, a local body that vets applicants for vacancies on the city's local courts, announced late yesterday it had recommended Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Marie Carroll, Superior Court Magistrate Judge William Nooter and Administrative Law Judge Steven Wellner to take Superior Court Judge A. Franklin Burgess Jr.'s seat. Burgess is retiring in August and seeking senior status.
President Barack Obama will have 60 days to select a nominee. He can choose from the latest group of recommended lawyers, or any lawyer already sent up by the commission for consideration to fill other pending vacancies.
Carroll, who could not immediately be reached this morning, has been a federal prosecutor in Washington since 1994. According to the commission, she's tried more than 50 cases in Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and won awards for her handling of sexual offense and homicide cases.
Nooter, who also was not available for comment, was appointed as a Superior Court magistrate judge in 2000. He is the court's presiding magistrate judge and, according to the commission, has served in the criminal and civil divisions, domestic violence unit and Family Court. Before joining the court, he worked in private practice at Jordan Coyne & Savits and as a trial attorney in the city's Office of Corporation Counsel, now known as the Office of the Attorney General.
Wellner, who declined to comment, serves as principal administrative law judge for unemployment insurance appeals in Washington. Before being appointed in 2006, according to the commission, he was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, where he counseled clients on environmental issues and ran the firm's pro bono legal services programs.
The seven-member nomination commission is led by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan. Other members are William Lucy, vice president of the AFL-CIO; Natalie Ludaway of Leftwich & Ludaway; Woody Peterson of Dickstein Shapiro; Venable's Karl Racine; the Rev. Morris Shearin Sr.; and Grace Speights of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.