Three District of Columbia Superior Court judges are up for review, including two senior judges eligible for reappointment and one retiring judge seeking senior status.
The D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure announced today that it was reviewing the recent performance of senior judges Bruce Mencher and Susan Winfield, and retiring Judge Natalia Combs Greene, who has asked to be a senior judge.
The commission, which evaluates all local judges up for reappointment, is asking for public comment on the three judges by September 5. Unlike associate judges, who serve 15-year terms, senior judges are reviewed every four years, or every two years after age 74.
Mencher, 78, was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 1975 and retired in 1991, taking senior status. Before joining the court, Mencher worked in private practice, for the D.C. Office of Corporation Counsel (now the Office of the Attorney General) and served in the federal government.
Winfield, 65, joined the court in 1984 and took senior status in 2005. She's served in the civil, criminal and family divisions, including as deputy presiding judge and presiding judge of the family division. Prior to her appointment, she was an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, a staff attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, and worked in private practice.
The judicial review commission announced in April that Greene, 58, planned to retire in September. Greene has said she'd like to stay on at least part-time to "hopefully continue to do good work on the court." Before her appointment, Greene was a federal prosecutor and worked in private practice.
The seven-member commission will decide whether to reappoint Mencher and Winfield, and will make a recommendation to Chief Judge Lee Satterfield about whether Greene should be appointed as a senior judge.
The commission is led by U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler. Other members include 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 D.C. nonprofit Bread for the City – and two non-attorneys – Michael Fauntroy and Michael deVere Williams.