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Shelly A. Mulkey

Hon. Shelly A. Mulkey was appointed to serve as Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (“Superior Court”) in 2016.  Judge Mulkey is currently assigned to the Criminal Division, handling local criminal matters, including misdemeanor and traffic cases.  Previously, she was assigned to the Family Court, where she handled cases involving child abuse and neglect, adoption, guardianship, divorce, custody, parentage, child support, and juvenile delinquency.  She has also conducted ex parte hearings on petitions requesting temporary protective orders in domestic violence cases.  Prior to serving as a magistrate judge, Judge Mulkey was an Assistant Attorney General in the Child Support Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia and an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Alice Pare. 

Judge Mulkey is a member of the Child Support Guideline Commission and the Superior Court’s Committee on Pretrial Mental Examination and Urgent Care Clinic.  She is the Secretary of the Hispanic Bar Association’s Judicial Council.  Judge Mulkey previously served as a co-chair of the Superior Court’s education working group, participated on the Superior Court’s Committee on Abuse & Neglect Proceedings and Committee on Paternity & Support Proceedings, and was a member of the Preparing Youth for Adulthood Committee.  She is an active member of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia, where she mentors attorneys.  Judge Mulkey is a former mentor at Mentors, Inc. 

Judge Mulkey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Tulane University and her law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law, where she was a Dean’s Fellow for Professor David E. Aaronson. Judge Mulkey clerked for the Honorable Eric M. Johnson of the Montgomery County Circuit Court of Maryland, Sixth Judicial Circuit.