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Judicial Officer Applicants

The Commission has received applications from members of the Bar, listed below, interested in appointment to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy created by the upcoming expiration of the term of the Honorable Phyllis D. Thompson.

Loren L. AliKhan
Tovah R. Calderon
Patricia A. Davis-Watters
Jaclyn S. Frankfurt
Hon. John P. Howard, III
Geoffrey M. Klineberg
Daniel J. Lenerz
Peter C. Pfaffenroth
Caroline S. Platt
Bonnie I. Robin-Vergeer
Vijay Shanker
Molly R. Silfen
John F. Stanton
Vikram Swaruup
Alice Wang

The Commission invites comments by no later than 5 pm on Monday, May 3, 2021, regarding the fitness of the applicants to the vacancy created by the expiration of the term of Judge Phyllis D. Thompson. Applicants can be evaluated with respect to eight categories:

1. Judicial Temperament (e.g., ability to treat everyone with respect; willingness to listen with patience and courtesy; collegiality);

2. Professional Skills and Abilities (e.g., experience; intellectual ability; analytical skills; knowledge of the law and its underlying principles; knowledge of the rules of procedure and evidence; ability and willingness to learn and develop professionally);

3. Ethics (e.g., integrity; impartiality; objectivity; sound judgment; restraint);

4. Commitment to Diversity (e.g., treats people equally, fairly and with respect, regardless of gender, race, national origin, economic status, sexual orientation or any other factor; promotes inclusiveness of women and minorities);

5. Leadership and Communication Skills (e.g., ability to communicate clearly and succinctly; ability to inspire respect and confidence; decisiveness);

6. Efficiency and Organizational Skills (e.g., ability to work efficiently and under time constraints; ability to work constructively with others; ability to manage time);

7. Writing Skills (e.g., ability to write clearly, concisely and persuasively); and

8. Community Service (e.g., pro bono activities; public service; volunteer activities; civic or charitable activities or memberships).

The Commission has created a web-based survey to facilitate the comment process, available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MDV7DXF. Comments may also be provided by letter, and should address the categories above. Letters are to be sent to the Commission via mail (515 5th Street, NW, Suite 235, Washington, DC 20001), email ([email protected]), or fax ((202) 879-0755).

All comments submitted to the Commission become part of an applicant’s confidential file for two years. They will not be publicly released or provided to the applicant. The content of any comments discussed with an applicant will not reveal the source of such comment, absent written consent by the individual providing the comment.