Updated at 3:35 p.m.
Chief Judge Eric Washington of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals will serve a third, four-year term as the top judge of the city's highest local court.
The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission, the local body that selects the chief judges for the appeals court and District of Columbia Superior Court, announced today that it was re-designating Washington as chief. He was unopposed in his bid for a third term.
In an email, Washington said he was honored to be designated for a third term and was "looking forward to continuing to work with our justice system partners" on issues facing the court. "I believe that I still have the energy, the drive, and the vision to make a positive contribution to the fair administration of justice here in the District of Columbia," he said.
Washington has been credited with bringing down the time it takes for cases to move through the court, modernizing courthouse technology and increasing the court's public outreach.
"The Commission is confident that the Court and the citizens of the District of Columbia will continue to be well-served by Chief Judge Washington’s extensive experience and exceptional abilities," the commission said in a statement today.
Washington joined the appeals court in 1999 after spending four years as a judge in the District of Columbia Superior Court. Before joining the bench, he was a partner at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) and served in the city's Office of Corporation Counsel, today known as the Office of the Attorney General. His new term as chief judge begins in August.
The seven-member nomination commission, which also vets applicants for judgeships on the city's local courts, is led by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan. Its members are appointed by the White House, mayor, D.C. Council, D.C. Bar and U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The other members of the commission 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.
National Law Journal photo by Diego M. Radzinschi.