The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (“Commission”) has forwarded to President Barack Obama the names of three lawyers for his consideration in selecting a nominee to fill a judicial vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The President has sixty (60) days to select a nominee to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr. The Commission recommends the following candidates to fill this vacancy:
Julie H. Becker is a Supervising Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, where she practices housing law on behalf of low-income District of Columbia residents. Ms. Becker serves on the District of Columbia Superior Court Advisory Subcommittee on Landlord-Tenant Rules and the Superior Court Housing Conditions Calendar Advisory Committee. Ms. Becker is a frequent guest lecturer and presenter at area law schools. In 2006, Ms. Becker received the National Housing Law Project’s Housing Justice Award. Ms. Becker received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan, Phi Beta Kappa, and earned her law degree from Yale Law School. Following law school, Ms. Becker served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, then of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Jonathan H. Pittman is a Section Chief in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia where he manages a staff of Assistant Attorneys General who defend the District of Columbia and its employees in civil lawsuits. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Mr. Pittman was a partner at Crowell & Moring, L.L.P., where his practice focused on complex commercial litigation. Mr. Pittman currently serves on the Council for Court Excellence Jury Project and on the District of Columbia Superior Court Voir Dire Committee. Mr. Pittman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Vassar College and earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif. Following law school, Mr. Pittman served as a law clerk to the Honorable John A. Terry of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Elizabeth J. Shapiro is a Deputy Director in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, Federal Programs Branch, where she defends the government against a wide variety of constitutional and statutory challenges. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Shapiro served as an appellate attorney in the Office of the Solicitor of the United States Department of Labor. Ms. Shapiro regularly teaches classes for the District of Columbia Bar. Ms. Shapiro received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Near Eastern Studies and Political Science from the University of Michigan, Phi Beta Kappa, and earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Following law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen F. Eilperin of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Questions concerning the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission should be directed to the Commission at (202) 879-0478 or via email at [email protected].