Three Attorneys Announced for D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Vacancy

August 27, 2014

The Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges has recommended Diane Lepley, Shelly Ava Mulkey, and Adrienne Noti as candidates to fill the judicial vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia created by the retirement of Magistrate Judge Andrea L. Harnett.

The names have been forwarded to Superior Court Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield for his consideration in selecting a nominee to the Board of Judges.

Lepley, who works in private practice in the District of Columbia specializing in criminal and civil litigation, is the former director and vice president of the D.C. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She earned degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign (bachelor’s); West Virginia University, Morgantown (master’s); and The George Washington University Law School. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Judge Tim Murphy of D.C. Superior Court.

Mulkey serves as an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, where she represents the District in child support cases and mentors new attorneys and staff. She also participates on the D.C. Superior Court Paternity & Support Subcommittee, which is tasked with creating a centralized location to post and retrieve information about employment, education, and training opportunities in the District. Mulkey has practiced law at the Law Offices of Alice Paré, representing clients in civil matters. She is a graduate of Tulane University and received her law degree from American University Washington College of Law. After law school, Mulkey clerked for Judge Eric M. Johnson of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Maryland.

Noti serves as special advisor to the director of the Office of Child Support Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she develops and implements federal child support policy and leads child support initiatives. She previously served as director of the Women and the Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law, where she supervised the representation of clients in family law cases in D.C. Superior Court. Noti also served as managing attorney for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and coordinated its Advocacy & Justice Clinic. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Upon finishing law school, Noti clerked for Judge Carol Bagley Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.