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JNC Recommends Candidates for DC Superior Court Vacancy

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (“Commission”) has recommended to the President the names of the three attorneys listed 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 Rona L. Beck. The President has sixty (60) days to select a nominee to fill this vacancy.  

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

Kendra Davis Briggs, Esq., is a Senior Assistant United States Attorney who has served for the past ten years at the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia. Currently, she works in the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section (PCCR), where she is responsible for prosecuting civil rights offenses, including color of law violations and hate crimes in federal court. Before moving to the PCCR Section, Ms. Briggs investigated and prosecuted cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to homicides in the Superior Court. Ms. Briggs also previously served as the 5th District Community Prosecutor, focused on building bonds of trust between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the community, enhancing public safety through education, and encouraging community participation in the criminal justice system. 

Ms. Briggs is the 2020 recipient of the U.S. Attorney’s Award for Exceptional Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney. She has also been awarded several United States Attorney’s Awards for Special Achievement throughout her office tenure. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Briggs was an attorney at the Washington, DC office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, where she specialized in civil litigation.  

Ms. Briggs received her Associate of Arts degree from Florida A&M University, her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University, and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law. After law school, Ms. Briggs served as a law clerk to retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince. 

Karlyn J. Hunter, Esq., is Counsel in the Bank Activities Unit of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) Supervision, Legislation, and Enforcement Branch. Ms. Hunter previously served as the Special Assistant/Counsel to the Senior Deputy General Counsel of the FDIC’s Legal Division, providing advice and counsel to the Senior Deputy General Counsel on matters impacting the FDIC’s corporate operations. Previously, she served as a Senior Attorney in the Office of Financial Institution Adjudication, advising the administrative law judges on enforcement actions brought by the FDIC, Federal Reserve Board, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the National Credit Union Administration. Before joining the FDIC, Ms. Hunter was an Assistant United States Attorney and trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for 14 years, prosecuting various cases, from human trafficking and international narcotics matters to white-collar fraud. She was also the first DOJ resident legal advisor to serve at the U.S. Embassy in Ghana, advising the U.S. Ambassador and training Ghanaian law enforcement officials and their judiciary on human trafficking matters.    

Ms. Hunter began her career in the District of Columbia as a DOJ’s Honors Program Attorney.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Hampton University, and her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law as a Tony Patiño Fellow. After law school, Ms. Hunter served as a law clerk to the Honorable William B. Bryant on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 

Hon. Tanya M. Jones Bosier was appointed to serve as a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court by the Honorable Robert E. Morin in January 2017. Judge Jones Bosier has presided in the Civil, Family Court, Domestic Violence, and Probate Divisions. She also serves on several judicial committees.  

Before joining the Superior Court bench, Judge Jones Bosier served as an Assistant General Counsel for the DC Courts, where she handled complex employee relations matters. Prior to her employment with the Superior Court, she worked as an Assistant General Counsel, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney Advisor, and Section Chief for the DC Office of the Attorney General (OAG). While at OAG, Judge Jones Bosier gained extensive experience in administrative, child abuse and neglect, child support, domestic relations, domestic violence, public benefits, and procurement law and intervention proceedings. Judge Jones Bosier was instrumental in the growth of the Fathering Court Initiative and the formation of the Name Change Calendar, both within the Family Court.  

Judge Jones Bosier is committed to service and volunteers in various capacities within the legal and local community. She has received numerous awards, scholarships, and recognitions for her service to the local community. She recently received the 2018 American University Washington College of Law (WCL) Hairston Alumni Award in recognition of her accomplishments in the field of law and commitment to the law school and the 2014-2015 Adjunct Professor of the Year for her dedication and service to law students. Judge Jones Bosier continues to serve as an adjunct professor in the WCL externship program, mentoring young lawyers and law students.  

Judge Jones Bosier received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Syracuse University and her Juris Doctor from WCL. After law school, Judge Jones Bosier served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Zoe A. Bush. 

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]