Hon. Tyrona T. De Witt was appointed to serve as a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by Chief Judge Robert E. Morin in 2016. She was assigned to the Family Court, where she has served as the presiding Judge over the Family Treatment Court Program (FTC) and the Juvenile Behavioral Diversion Program (JBDP). She has served on several Court Committees and has been a presenter at both the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law Black Law Student Association’s Black History Month Program, and the Lexis/Nexis Woman’s History Month Program. Judge De Witt is a member of the Women’s Bar Association.
Before joining the Superior Cout, Judge De Witt worked for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. She served for twelve years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Family Services Division. During her time in this Division, she handled abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, guardianship, adoption, and mental health cases. Judge De Witt has been certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist since 2009.
Judge De Witt received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Rutgers University. She received her Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL). While at UDC-DCSL, Judge De Witt was the Managing Editor of the District of Columbia Law Review and was a recipient of the Earl H. Davis Advocacy Award. Following law school, Judge De Witt clerked for the Honorable Judith Bartnoff on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.