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JNC Recommends Candidates for DC Superior Court Vacancy

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (“Commission”) has recommended to the President the names of the three attorneys below for his consideration in selecting a nominee to fill the judicial vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (“Superior Court”) created by the retirement of the Honorable Patricia A. Broderick. The President has sixty (60) days to select a nominee to fill this vacancy.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to fill Judge Broderick’s vacancy:

Hon. Sharon E. Goodie is an Administrative Law Judge for the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings. She was appointed in 2005. She hears matters involving public benefits, homeless shelter, nursing home, and mental health group home issues. She has previously heard cases involving licensing, property violations, rental housing, taxicab complaints, public school discipline, and unemployment compensation.

Judge Goodie is a Program Director and Team Leader for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, where she teaches Trial Skills programs for practicing attorneys, and specialized public service Trial Skills programs for legal aid attorneys. She is also a Commissioner on the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission and a Judicial Director of the District of Columbia Council for Court Excellence.

Judge Goodie previously worked for the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General, where she handled juvenile delinquency, child abuse, and civil neglect cases. She has also worked at private litigation firms handling insurance coverage, medical malpractice, telecommunications, and corporate compliance matters.

Judge Goodie received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Brandeis University, and she received her Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. She previously clerked for the Honorable Harriett R. Taylor at the Superior Court.

Philip A. Medley, Esq., is an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Currently, he serves in the Civil Litigation Division, representing the District of Columbia and its employees in general civil litigation matters, including employment law, civil rights claims, and common law torts. Previously, Mr. Medley served in the Child Support Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General, representing the District of Columbia on behalf of children in need of paternity establishment and financial support. Mr. Medley specialized in paternity and support cases that were litigated alongside related custody, domestic violence, and neglect cases.

Mr. Medley has served as a member, co-chair, and vice chair of the Steering Committee for the Family Law Community of the D.C. Bar. He currently serves on the Civil Jury Instructions Committee. Mr. Medley has served as a mentor in the community through both the Thurgood Marshall Academy Mentor Program and the Everybody Wins DC Shared Reading Program.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William & Mary and his Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University Law School. Mr. Medley previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Melvin R. Wright of the Superior Court.

Caroline Swift Platt, Esq., has been an appellate attorney in the Federal Public Defender’s Office since 2009, briefing and arguing cases in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on behalf of indigent criminal defendants charged in the Eastern District of Virginia. Ms. Platt has argued more than twenty cases in front of the Fourth Circuit. Ms. Platt has also practiced as a white collar criminal defense associate at Nixon Peabody LLP in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Platt earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Georgetown University and graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. While in law school, Ms. Platt participated in the Criminal Justice Clinic and served as a senior editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Previously, Ms. Platt served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the Honorable Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Ms. Platt is a longtime member of, and the administrator of, the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court.

Please direct any questions to the Commission’s Executive Director at (202) 879-0478 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]

Mr. William Lucy
1831 Sudbury Lane, NW
Washington, DC  20012
(301) 520-0576
[email protected]

John J. McAvoy, Esq.
3110 Brandywine Street, NW
Washington, DC  20008
(202) 966-8544
[email protected]

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

Benjamin F. Wilson, Esq.
Beveridge & Diamond, PC
1350 I St NW, #700
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 789-6023
[email protected]

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

Professor Deborah Epstein
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Suite 334
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 662-9675
[email protected]