Judge Goldfrank Joins Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure

January 15, 2014

On January 2 the D.C. Bar’s Board of Governors appointed retired Judge Joan L. Goldfrank to the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure for a six-year term ending on January 1, 2020.

"I am honored to serve as a member of this important commission. The public’s and attorneys’ belief in and respect for the judicial system is critical to our community," said Goldfrank. "The commission is significant in ensuring the continued excellent bench in the District of Columbia. I look forward to contributing to the commission’s work."

Goldfrank was appointed as magistrate judge to the D.C. Superior Court in 2002 and retired in 2012. Previously, she worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in various roles, including as senior legal advisor in the Professional Responsibility Advisory Office, as senior attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and as assistant counsel in the Office of Professional Responsibility.

In addition to her work at the Justice Department, she also served as executive attorney for the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility, as staff attorney in the Legal Advisor’s Office at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, as associate at Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott PLLC, and as trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Energy. During the Carter administration, Goldfrank served as associate counsel to the president’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island.

The Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure was established in 1970 to preserve an independent and fair judiciary. The commission evaluates judges of the D.C. Court of Appeals and D.C. Superior Court who seek reappointment upon the expiration of their terms, or who retire and wish to continue service as senior judges, and investigates alleged judicial misconduct.