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Notice of Judicial Vacancy on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Members of the bench, bar, and public are hereby notified by the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (the “Commission”) that a vacancy on the  District of Columbia Court of Appeals (the “Court of Appeals”) will occur as a result of the resignation of the Honorable Loren L. AliKhan, effective upon her appointment to the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia by the President of the United States, following the confirmation of her nomination by the United States Senate on December 5, 2023. Within 60 days of this vacancy, the Commission is required to submit to the President the names of three persons for possible nomination and appointment to the  Court of Appeals. The Commission invites qualified individuals to apply for this vacancy by 12:00 pm on Monday, January 8, 2024. See D.C. Code §§ 1-204.31, 1-204.33. Application materials, including instructions, are available on the Commission’s website:

All persons interested in applying for this judicial vacancy shall review and comply with the application instructions on the Commission’s website. Application materials may be submitted by hard copy, or they may be submitted electronically by using a secure portal, available on the Commission’s website at: Electronic submission is highly encouraged to ensure that application materials are timely received. While the Commission’s staff can confirm receipt of application materials if submitted by hard copy, electronic submission will facilitate its ability to promptly notify applicants of any missing or otherwise incomplete materials.

If submitting materials by hard copy, applicants shall submit both an original and a paper copy of their complete application materials to the Commission. All hard copy application materials and correspondence shall be addressed to: Judicial Nomination Commission, 515 Fifth Street, NW, Suite 235, Washington, DC 20001. Do not email application materials to the Commission or individual Commission members. 

All application materials must be received no later than 12:00 pm on January 8, 2024. Please note that the JNC Form 21, Applicant Questionnaire, and IRS Form 14767 were recently revised. All applications must be submitted using the February 2022 JNC Form 21. Late, incomplete, or outdated application materials will not be considered!

In May 2020, the Commission provided notice of amendments to its application requirements due to COVID-19. These amendments remain in effect and can be found in the JNC Form 20 Application Instructions. 

The Commission does not require letters of recommendation, letters of support, or endorsements, but it will accept them. Such letters must be received by the Commission no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. Consult the application instructions on the Commission’s website for additional information on the procedures for submitting letters. 

Questions concerning the application process for these judicial vacancies shall be directed to the Commission at (202) 879-0478 or [email protected].

Members of the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission

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

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

Addy R. Schmitt, Esq.
Harris St. Laurent & Wechsler LLP
1775 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 650
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 617-5791
[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]

The Honorable Tanya S. Chutkan
United States District Court
for the District of Columbia
United States Courthouse
333 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 354-3390
[email protected]