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JNC Invites Comments from the Bench, Bar and Public on on Applicants for the Judicial Vacancy Created by the Retirement of Judge A. Franklin Burgess Jr.

Friday, April 12, 2013
All comments must be received by no later than April 29, 2013.

Members of the bench, bar and public are hereby notified by the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (the “Commission”) that there are 21 applicants for the pending vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Commission will submit the names of three applicants to the President of the United States for his consideration to nominate and appoint a judge. The applicants are:

Maria-Claudia Theresa Christina Amato
Hon. Joseph Edmund Beshouri
Ann Marie Carroll
Hon. Claudia Anne Crichlow
Andrew Fois
Hon. Sharon Elaine Goodie
Hon. Paul Brooks Handy
Guyler Arden Hill
Teresa Ann Howie
Hon. Karen Aileen Howze
Hon. Noel Thomas Johnson
Hon. Leslie Amenia Meek
Hon. Elizabeth Ann Mullin
Hon. William Ward Nooter
Hon. Lori Ellyn Parker
Valencia Renae Rainey
Sean Curtis Staples
Jason D. Tulley
Vytas Varekojis Vergeer
Hon. Steven Michael Wellner
Hon. Elizabeth Carroll Wingo

The Commission invites comments regarding the fitness of the above-listed applicants for a judicial position on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Applicants can be evaluated with respect to eight categories:

  1. Leadership and Communication Skills (e.g., ability to lead the Superior Court and to promote a sense of cooperation among the judges, the Court staff, other governmental and non-governmental entities, and the community; ability to inspire respect, promote confidence in the Court system and advocate for the Court; creativity, foresight, and intellectual ability; ability to communicate clearly and succinctly; and willingness to listen with patience and courtesy);
  2. Court Administration (e.g., analytical skills; understands the use of technology needed to improve Court operations; demonstrated financial and fiscal knowledge and abilities; record of managerial and administrative achievements; and decisiveness);
  3. Judicial Temperament (e.g., ability to treat everyone with respect; willingness to listen with patience and courtesy; and ability to promote collegiality);
  4. Ethics (e.g., shows integrity; impartiality; objectivity; sound judgment; and restraint);
  5. Commitment to Diversity (e.g., treats people equally, fairly and with respect regardless of gender, race, economic status, sexual orientation or any other factor; promotes inclusiveness of women and minorities); and
  6. Efficiency/Organizational Skills (e.g., understands the Court’s challenges; resourceful under time constraints; ability to work constructively with others; and ability to manage time and resources).

The Commission has created a web-based Applicant Evaluation Form to facilitate the opportunity to provide comments on the applicants' qualifications.  Comments also can be submitted by visiting the Commission’s website at jnc.dc.gov. All comments must be received by no later than April 29, 2013.

Comments submitted to the Commission are confidential and will not be released to the public or to applicants. Any comments discussed with an applicant will be discussed without revealing the source of such comment, absent written consent by the individual providing the comment.

Some users may see a security certificate message when accessing the JNC Applicant Evaluation Form. Accepting the certificate will allow a user to successfully submit the completed form. The evaluation form available in PDF format on the Commission’s website can also be printed, completed, and sent to the Commission via mail, email, or fax at (202) 879-0755. Any technical problems or questions should be directed to the Commission’s Executive Director at (202) 879-0478 or [email protected].