A public defender and administrative law judge are President Barack Obama's picks to fill open seats in the District of Columbia Superior Court.
Sherry Trafford of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and Steven Wellner, an administrative law judge in the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, were nominated last night. Trafford and Wellner will go before the U.S. Senate for confirmation proceedings.
The Senate has been kind to the president's Superior Court nominees this year. The three nominees to go before the Senate so far this year sailed through committee. Two of the nominees—Judges Michael O'Keefe and Robert Okun—were confirmed soon after. Superior Court Magistrate Judge William Nooter is waiting for a vote by the full Senate. A committee earlier this month approved his nomination.