Hon. Rahkel Bouchet has served as a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (Superior Court) since 2016. She has served as the Presiding Judge of the Family Treatment Court and has presided over many of the Superior Court's high-volume calendars, including Family, Civil, Landlord & Tenant & Small Claims. Judge Bouchet is an active member of several court committees.
Before joining the court, Judge Bouchet was an experienced litigator, managing an expansive law practice including Criminal and all aspects of Family Law matters. Her practice also included success before the DC Court of Appeals. In 2013, while maintaining her practice, Judge Bouchet joined the faculty at the Howard University School of Law (Howard Law) as the Supervising Attorney of the Family Justice Clinic, supervising law students who represented parents in the District. She is an active member of the community and has served on boards with several community organizations.
Judge Bouchet received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Howard University and her Juris Doctor from Howard Law, where she was a founding member of the Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team. While at Howard Law, she also served as a congressional intern and assistant press secretary for Congressman Walter R. Tucker, III, in California's 37th Congressional District.