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Three Persons Recommended for Superior Court Vacancy Created by the Retirement of Judge Cheryl M. Long

Monday, February 1, 2010
Learn about the nominees selected to fill a judicial vacancy on the Superior Court of DC

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 the Honorable Cheryl M. Long.

The Commission recommends the following three candidates to fill the vacancy:

Todd E. Edelman is a clinical professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches in the Criminal Justice Clinic. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Edelman was a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where he tried dozens of cases to judges and juries. He was promoted to Chief of the Public Defender Service’s Serious Felony Section in 2002 and became its Training Director in 2004. Mr. Edelman was subsequently Of Counsel to Bredhoff & Kaiser, where he litigated complex civil cases on behalf of labor unions and workers in federal and state courts nationwide. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Council of Lawyers and the Steering Committee of the DC Bar’s Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section. Mr. Edelman is on the faculty of the Southern Public Defender Training Center and the Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshop. In 2003, Harvard Law School recognized Mr. Edelman’s public service achievements by awarding him a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship. Mr. Edelman is a graduate of Yale College and the New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. Following law school, Mr. Edelman clerked for the Honorable William B. Bryant of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and then completed an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship at Georgetown Law.

Devarieste Curry is a partner at McLeod, Watkinson & Miller and has practiced law in the District of Columbia for almost 25 years, counseling and representing clients on a broad range of issues and handling complex, multi-party litigation, including trials before juries. As General Counsel to two non-profit organizations, she counsels clients on issues ranging from employment law to corporate governance and supervises local counsel handing litigation matters. Ms. Curry was the sole principal of The Curry Law Firm, PLLC (“Curry Law”) prior to joining McLeod in 2006. Ms. Curry also practiced law with Curry & Wilbourn, PLLP. Before establishing her practice in small firms, she practiced law first with Howrey & Simon and later with Beveridge & Diamond, where she was a partner for four years. Ms. Curry currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Legal Ethics Committee of the DC Bar and has held leadership positions in the Bar for over 15 years. She has taught continuing legal education courses on issues relating to complex litigation and ethics and also has published several articles on those topics. Ms. Curry has held leadership positions in several voluntary bar associations, including the American Bar Association, where she currently serves as a member of the Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Ms. Curry is a graduate of Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and earned her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1984. She served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Judith W. Rogers, then an associate judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Elizabeth C. Wingo is a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Since her appointment in 2006, she has served in both the Criminal Division and the Family Court. Prior to joining the Court, she served as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Public Safety in the Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, where she had previously served as the Chief of the Criminal Section. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Magistrate Judge Wingo was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia, where she prosecuted a wide variety of crimes, including homicides and sexual assaults, and tried more than 50 cases. Before serving as an Assistant United States Attorney, she worked as an associate in the District of Columbia office of Sullivan and Cromwell and clerked for the Honorable T.S. Ellis, III, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Magistrate Judge Wingo received her law degree from Yale Law School and her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

All questions concerning the nomination application process should be directed to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan, Chair of the Judicial Nomination Commission at (202) 354-3260 or [email protected]