Updated at 4:55 p.m.
After more than three decades on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Senior Judge James Belson is up for reappointment as a senior judge on the bench.
The local group that reviews judges for reappointment, the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure, is evaluating Belson's time on the bench and is taking comments from the D.C. Bar and the public through July 8.
Belson, 81, was appointed to the city's highest court in 1981 and took senior status in 1991. Before his nomination, he was an associate judge in the District of Columbia Superior Court beginning in 1968.
After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1953, Belson clerked for Judge E. Barrett Prettyman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He spent several years as a lawyer in the military and then joined Hogan & Hartson in Washington, which later became Hogan Lovells.
Unlike associate judges on the city's local courts, who serve 15-year terms, senior judges are reviewed every four years, or every two years once they turn 74. The commission makes a recommendation to the chief judge of the court about whether to recommend the senior judge and the chief judge makes the final decision.
The commission is chaired by U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler. The other members are William Lightfoot of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot; Jones Day's Noel Francisco; Shirley Ann Higuchi of the American Psychological Association; Jeannine Sanford of Bread for the City; and non-attorney Michael Fauntroy. The commission has one vacant seat.
A previous version of this article misstated Judge James Belson's time in the appeals court.