JNC Recommends Replacement Candidate for D.C. Superior Court Vacancy

April 21, 2017

The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission has recommended a new candidate to the president of the United States for a D.C. Superior Court vacancy created by the May 2016 resignation of Judge Stuart Nash. 

The original recommended candidate, Willa B. Perlmutter, has withdrawn from consideration.

In accordance with D.C. Code § 1-204.34(d)(2), the Commission recommends the following candidate to replace Perlmutter.

Judge Paul B. Handy is a principal administrative law judge (PALJ) for the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings (D.C. OAH) in two subject areas: Licensing and Enforcement, and the Department of Public Works. He has served as an ALJ for D.C. OAH since shortly after the agency was founded in 2004, and was an ALJ in Maryland for six years prior to that. Judge Handy is a former assistant public defender and sole practitioner, with extensive criminal and civil law litigation experience. He was named attorney of the year for two divisions of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, and was a finalist for the 2011 Cafritz Awards for Outstanding Public Service to the District of Columbia community. 

Judge Handy received a bachelor of arts from Rutgers University, with a double major in Labor Studies and Sociology, and a juris doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Please direct any questions to the Commission’s Executive Director at (202) 879-0478 or