Hon. Claudia A. Crichlow has served as an Administrative Law Judge for the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) since 2007. At OAH, Judge Crichlow presides over contested cases involving about 30 District of Columbia government agencies, boards, and commissions. The cases cover various subject matters, including environmental law, tax law, building code regulations, and professional and vocational licensing. In 2015 Judge Crichlow was selected as Principal Administrative Law Judge for the Licensing and Enforcement Division, where in addition to carrying a full case load, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Licensing and Enforcement Division. Before joining the OAH, Judge Crichlow served as a staff attorney for the District of Columbia Public Defender Service (PDS). During her years at PDS, Judge Crichlow served in several supervisory and managerial positions.
Judge Crichlow is an active member of the legal community. She is currently a member of the District of Columbia Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, the American Bar Association, and the Washington Bar Association. She has participated in several programs designed to educate D.C. Bar members about the legal practice before OAH and encouraging attorneys to provide pro-bono representation to pro se litigants. Judge Crichlow is also a teaching faculty member at the Howard University School of Law and Harvard Criminal Justice Institute.
Judge Crichlow received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York and her Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.