Comment on Applicants for Judicial Vacancy

February 24, 2017

Members of the bench, bar, and public are hereby notified by the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (the “Commission”) that there are eight applicants for a judicial vacancy on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The Commission will submit the names of three applicants to the President of the United States for his consideration to nominate and appoint a judge.

The applicants are:
Loren L. AliKhan
Alan R. Burch
Joshua A. Deahl
Lee W. Jackson
Deborah J. Jeffrey
Geoffrey M. Klineberg
Judge Neal E. Kravitz
Vijay Shanker

The Commission invites comments regarding the fitness of the above-listed applicants for a judicial position on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Applicants can be evaluated with respect to eight categories:

  1. Judicial Temperament (e.g., ability to treat everyone with respect; willingness to listen with patience and courtesy; collegiality);
  2. Professional Skills and Abilities (e.g., experience; intellectual ability; analytical skills; knowledge of the law and its underlying principles; knowledge of the rules of procedure and evidence; ability and willingness to learn and develop professionally);
  3. Ethics (e.g., integrity; impartiality; objectivity; sound judgment; restraint);
  4. Commitment to Diversity (e.g., treats people equally, fairly and with respect, regardless of gender, race, national origin, economic status, sexual orientation or any other factor; promotes inclusiveness of women and minorities);
  5. Leadership and Communication Skills (e.g., ability to communicate clearly and succinctly; ability to inspire respect and confidence; decisiveness);
  6. Efficiency and Organizational Skills (e.g., ability to work efficiently and under time constraints; ability to work constructively with others; ability to manage time);
  7. Writing Skills (e.g., ability to write clearly, concisely and persuasively); and
  8. Community Service (e.g., pro bono activities; public service; volunteer activities; civic or charitable activities or memberships).

The Commission has created a web-based survey to facilitate the comment process. Comments may also be provided by letter, and should address the categories above. Letters are to be sent to the Commission via mail 515 5th Street, NW, Suite 235, Washington, DC 20001, email or fax (202) 879-0755, with an email copy to each Commissioner. All comments must be received no later than March 27, 2017.

All comments submitted to the Commission become part of an applicant’s confidential file. They will not be publicly released or provided to the applicant. The content of any comments discussed with an applicant will not reveal the source of such comment, absent written consent by the individual providing the comment.

Any technical problems or questions should be directed to the Commission’s Executive Director by phone at (202) 879-0478 or by email. Learn more about the vacancy.