Three Washington attorneys picked last year for the District of Columbia Superior Court were renominated yesterday by President Barack Obama.
The nominations of William Nooter, Sherry Trafford and Steven Wellner are back on track for consideration by the Senate. Unlike federal court nominees, who go before the Senate Judiciary Committee, nominees to the District's local courts are handled by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
The Senate returned dozens of judicial nominees and other executive appointees to the White House on Jan. 3. Legal Times' Todd Ruger has more on how President Obama's federal court nominees fared.
Confirmation proceedings for nominees to the city's local courts tend to be less politicized than those for federal court nominees. Nooter, a magistrate judge in Superior Court, sailed through proceedings before the committee last year and was not expected to face opposition in the full Senate.
Trafford, a staff attorney in the mental health division of the Public Defender Service, and Wellner, the principal administrative law judge for unemployment insurance appeals, had yet to appear before the committee by the time their nominations were returned.
Nooter declined to comment. Trafford and Wells could not be reached.
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals kicks off 2014 with one open seat. The White House has yet to announce a nominee to replace retired Judge Kathryn Oberly.