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JNC Recommends Candidates for DC Superior Court Vacancies

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission ("Commission") has recommended to the President the names of the nine attorneys listed below for his consideration in selecting nominees to fill the judicial vacancies on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia ("Superior Court") created by the retirements of the Honorable Fern Flanagan Saddler, the Honorable William M. Jackson, and the Honorable Gerald I. Fisher. The President has sixty (60) days to select a nominee to fill each vacancy.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to fill Judge Saddler's vacancy:

Elizabeth "Liz" Aloi, Esq., is an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she investigates and prosecutes public corruption. Ms. Aloi started at the U.S. Attorney's Office (“USAO”) in the Superior Court Division, where she prosecuted violent crime and domestic violence offenses.

Before joining the USAO, Ms. Aloi was a supervisor and trial attorney in the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (“MLARS”) of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (“Justice Department”) Criminal Division. At MLARS, she investigated money laundering by corrupt foreign officials as part of the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. Before joining MLARS, Ms. Aloi was a trial attorney in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, where she received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service for the prosecution of a price-fixing cartel. Throughout her tenure with the Justice Department, Ms. Aloi carried a pro bono caseload representing parents in the Superior Court Family Court Operations Division. Early in her career, Ms. Aloi spent two years as counsel to the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she focused on criminal justice reform, including prisoner reentry and juvenile justice.

Ms. Aloi received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University and her Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, where she was Executive Editor of A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual. Before attending law school, she was a Mickey Leland-Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow.

Hon. Sherri Beatty-Arthur has served as a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court since 2020. Before joining the court, she served as an Administrative Law Judge with the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, where she presided over matters in all jurisdictions, including Public Benefits, Regulatory Affairs, Rental Housing and Unemployment Insurance.

Judge Beatty-Arthur previously served as an Attorney with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where she focused on civil rights, and labor and employment law matters. She also served as a Partner in the law firm of Arthur & Arthur, PLLC, where she represented clients in family law, employment law, and small business development. Judge Beatty-Arthur served as the Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer for the Office of Employee Appeals for the District of Columbia. She also served on the executive team at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (“PDS”).

Judge Beatty-Arthur is the former Chair of the Washington Bar Association's Judicial Council and the 2018 recipient of the Charlotte E. Ray Award from the Greater Washington Area Council of the National Bar Association for her commitment to minority women in the legal community.

Judge Beatty-Arthur received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park (“UMCP”) and her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law (“HUSL”).

Marie Arnolda E. Beaujuin, Esq., serves as Enforcement Manager with the D.C. Office of Human Rights (“DCHR”). In this role, she supervises the day-to-day operations of the Intake and Investigation Divisions. She also manages the resolution of discrimination complaints arising under the D.C. Human Rights Act, the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act, the D.C. Parental Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the American with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other federal and District laws.
 
Before joining DCHR, Ms. Beaujuin served as an Attorney for the Special Education Law Firm of Murrell and Brown, where she was involved in trial and appellate work in local and federal courts in the Washington, D.C. area. She also served as an International Tax Consultant with Deloitte Tax, where she addressed corporate issues arising from Domestic and International Tax Law. Ms. Beaujuin also opened a law practice focusing on Employment Discrimination, Housing, and Family Law matters. She served as an Independent Hearing Officer for the D.C. Housing Authority (“DCHA”), where she presided over informal Administrative Hearings held in accordance with the provisions of the DCHA Administrative Plan.

Ms. Beaujuin is an active member of her community, having served as a member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group and as a judge in the American University Mock Trial Regional Tournament. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College of Law (“WCL”).

The Commission recommends the following candidates to fill Judge Jackson's vacancy:

Hon. Rahkel Bouchet has served as a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court since 2016. She has served as the Presiding Judge of the Family Treatment Court and has presided over many of the Superior Court's high-volume calendars, including Family, Civil, Landlord & Tenant & Small Claims. Judge Bouchet is an active member of several court committees.

Before joining the court, Judge Bouchet was an experienced litigator, managing an expansive law practice including Criminal and all aspects of Family Law matters. Her practice also included litigation before the D.C. Court of Appeals. In 2013, while maintaining her practice, Judge Bouchet joined the faculty at HUSL as the Supervising Attorney of the Family Justice Clinic, supervising law students who represented parents in the District. She is an active member of the community and has served on boards with several community organizations.

Judge Bouchet received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Howard University and her Juris Doctor from HUSL, where she was a founding member of the Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team.

Hon. Tyrona T. De Witt has served as a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court since 2016. She was assigned to the Family Court, where she has served as the presiding Judge over the Family Treatment Court Program and the Juvenile Behavioral Diversion Program. 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 (“UDC- DCSL”) 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 of the District of Columbia.

Before joining the Superior Court, Judge De Witt worked for the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) for the District of Columbia. For twelve years, she served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Family Services Division. During her time in the 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 of Arts degree in Political Science from Rutgers University. She received her Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from UDC-DCSL, where she served as 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 served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judith Bartnoff on the Superior Court.

Eric S. Glover, Esq., is the General Counsel for the D. C. Department of Corrections (“DOC”), where he serves as Chief Legal Counsel for the agency. Before joining the DOC, he was the Chief of the OAG Civil Enforcement Section. There, he represented the District, its employees, and agencies in various affirmative and enforcement actions. Before that, Mr. Glover oversaw the D.C. Office of Risk Management's Tort Liability Program and served as an Assistant Attorney General with the OAG's Civil Litigation Division. Mr. Glover also practiced criminal, civil, and medical malpractice law in New York City.

Mr. Glover serves as a member of the Council for Court Excellence's Board of Directors, the Washington Bar Association, and the D.C. Sentencing Commission. He is also a mentor with the Abrahamson Scholarship Foundation. Further, he is a former member of the D.C. Bar's Litigation Section's Steering Committee and the Superior Court's Bluebook Committee.

Mr. Glover received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Morgan State University and his Juris Doctor from HUSL.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to fill Judge Fisher's vacancy:

Emily A. Gunston, Esq., serves as Deputy Attorney General for Legislative Affairs and Policy at the OAG. She advises the Attorney General and Chief Deputy Attorney General on a range of policy and legal matters and has primary responsibility for the office's legislative and intergovernmental efforts. Ms. Gunston previously served as Deputy Legal Director at the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (“Committee”), where she directed the Committee's criminal legal system reform work. In that role, she developed and led complex civil rights lawsuits and engaged in policy advocacy in the areas of police accountability, prison conditions, parole and compassionate release, and the criminalization of poverty.

Before joining the Committee, Ms. Gunston served for nine years in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, where she helped lead the Division's group conducting pattern or practice investigations of police departments. Ms. Gunston led the investigations of the Chicago and Cleveland Police Departments and the enforcement of the agreement to reform the New Orleans Police Department. In recognition of her work, Ms. Gunston received the Attorney General's John Marshall Award and three Distinguished Service Awards.

Ms. Gunston received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UMCP, and her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Hon. Tanya M. Jones Bosier has served as a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court since 2017. Judge Jones Bosier has presided over high-volume calendars in the Civil, Criminal, Domestic Violence, Probate Divisions, and Family Court. She also serves on several judicial committees. In 2021, Judge Jones Bosier was selected to serve on national and local committees focused on increasing awareness and creating systematic change to ensure equity throughout judicial systems.

Before joining the Superior Court bench, Judge Jones Bosier served as an Assistant General Counsel for the D.C. Courts, where she handled complex employee relations matters and provided advice and counsel to the Courts' senior management team and judicial officers. Before her employment with the D.C. Courts, she held positions as an Assistant General Counsel, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney Advisor, Hearing Officer, and Section Chief for the OAG. During her 13-year tenure at OAG, Judge Jones Bosier gained extensive experience in administrative, child abuse and neglect, child support, domestic relations, domestic violence, public benefits, procurement law, intervention proceedings, and policy development and training.

Judge Jones Bosier is committed to service and volunteers in various capacities within bar associations and the local community. She has garnered numerous awards, scholarships, and recognitions for her service. Judge Jones Bosier continues to serve as an adjunct professor at the WCL Externship Program and mentors young lawyers and students.
 
Judge Jones Bosier received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Syracuse University, where she received a scholarship to study aboard in Harare, Zimbabwe, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship Community Service Award. She received her Juris Doctor from WCL, where she received the Covington and Burling LLP and Equal Justice Fellowships. Following law school, Judge Jones Bosier served as a law clerk to the Honorable Zoe A. Bush on the Superior Court.

Hon. Lloyd U. Nolan, Jr. has served as a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court since 2010. While at the court, he has served in the Civil, Criminal, and Domestic Violence Divisions and currently serves as the Deputy Presiding Magistrate Judge.

Before joining the Superior Court, Judge Nolan served at PDS, where he spent 11 years doing trial work at all levels, from juvenile matters to adult Felony I cases. He also worked in the Appellate Division, serving as a member of the hiring committee, forensic practice group, and chair of the Deborah T. Creek Criminal Practice Institute, which provided training to local criminal practitioners.

Judge Nolan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from American International College and his Juris Doctor from the George Washington University School of Law. While in law school, he was a member of the Faculty Tenure and Promotions Committee and participated in the D.C. Law Students in Court program. He received the 1998 Patricia Roberts Harris Award, the Black Law Students Association's "Student of the Year" award, and the Shapiro Public Service Internship Award. Following law school, Judge Nolan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Russell F. Canan on the Superior Court.
 

Any technical problems or questions should be directed to the Commission at (202) 879-0477 or [email protected].

 

Members of the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission

Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan, Chair
United States District Court
for the District of Columbia
United States Courthouse
333 Constitution Avenue, NW
Chambers 4935-Annex
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 354-3260
[email protected]

Addy R. Schmitt, Esq.
Miller & Chevalier, Chtd.
900 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 626-5837
[email protected]

Benjamin F. Wilson, Esq.
7825 Orchid Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 657-2534
[email protected]

The Honorable Marie C. Johns
PPC-Leftwich
1400 K Street, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005-2403
(202) 434-9124
[email protected]

Vincent H. Cohen, Jr., Esq.
Dechert LLP
1900 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-1110
(202) 261-3432
[email protected]

Yaida O. Ford, Esq.
Ford Law Pros P.C.
1001 L Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 792-4946
[email protected]

The Honorable Linda W. Cropp
4001 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 726-0505
[email protected]