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Court News and Judicial Notices

Since its inception, the D.C. Bar and D.C. Courts have had a strong partnership, working to continually help improve the legal system. 

Below are the latest updates and notices released by the both the D.C. Superior Court and D.C. Court of Appeals, as well as judicial notices from independent agencies. 

Attorney General Racine Names Toni Jackson As Deputy Attorney General for the Public Interest Division
April 12 – Toni Michelle Jackson, Chief of the Office of the Attorney General Equity Section, has been elevated to serve as Deputy Attorney General for the Public Interest Division.

Attorney General Racine Joins Bipartisan Coalition Seeking Information on Facebook Business Practices
April 10 – Attorney General Karl A. Racine joined a bipartisan coalition of 37 state and territorial attorneys general in seeking information on Facebook Business Practices.  

Bianca Garcia Named Executive Director of the Judicial Nomination Commission

April 6 – The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has announced that Bianca Garcia, Esq., has been named Executive Director of the Commission. 

Attorney General Racine Welcomes 16 New Attorneys as 2018 Charles F.C. Ruff Fellows 
March 28 – Attorney General Karl A. Racine has welcomed 16 recent graduates from area law schools as the 2018 class of Charles F.C. Ruff Fellows at the Office of the Attorney General.

Judge Rahkel Bouchet Nominated to the D.C. Superior Court
March 26 – The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission is pleased to announce the nomination of Judge Rahkel Bouchet to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of D.C. 

D.C. Courts Announce New 5-Year Strategic Plan
February 7 – The D.C. Courts released their Strategic Plan, for 2018 to 2022. The Courts’ Vision Statement is the theme of this five-year plan: Open to All, Trusted by All, Justice for All.

Judicial Nomination Commission Recommends Three Candidates for D.C. Superior Court Vacancy
January 10 – The Judicial Nomination Commission has recommended to the President three individuals for his consideration in selecting a nominee to fill a D.C. Superior Court judicial vacancy, created by the retirement of Judge Frederick H. Weisberg. 

JNC Recommends Replacement Candidate for D.C. Superior Court Vacancy
December 28 – The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has advised the President that Magdalena Acevedo, who had been recommended for his consideration in filling the judicial vacancy on the D.C. Superior Court created by the retirement of the Judge Zoe A. Bush has withdrawn from consideration. 

JNC Recommends Candidates for D.C. Superior Court Vacancies
December 13 – The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission has forwarded to the President the names of six candidates for his consideration in selecting nominees to fill two judicial vacancies on the D.C. Superior Court.

Judicial Nomination Commission Recommends Candidates for D.C. Superior Court Vacancy
September 14 – The Judicial Nomination Commission has forwarded to the President the names of three lawyers for his consideration in selecting a nominee to fill the judicial vacancy on the D.C. Superior Court created by the retirement of Judge Gregory E. Jackson.

D.C. Courts Announce New Technologies, Enhances Accessibility for the Public
August 28 – D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby and D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Morin announce new initiatives to enhance electronic court access, providing more information to the public.

Law Day Event Highlights Fourteenth Amendment
May 3 – An impressive panel including D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert E. Morin, ABA President Linda Klein, and D.C. Bar President Annamaria Steward, discussed the history and influence of the Fourteenth Amendment at a Law Day event on May 1.

Four Local Attorneys Sworn In as Magistrate Judges
May 3 – On April 21, four local attorneys were sworn in as magistrate judges at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse.

From Advocate for the Underserved to Chief Judge
May 1 –  Robert E. Morin began his 4-year term as chief judge of the D.C. Superior Court on October 1, 2016. Learn about his history as a former death row defense attorney, as well as the challenges and initiatives he sees for the court over the upcoming years.

D.C. Courts Warn of Telephone Scam
March 27 – The D.C. Courts want to warn members of the public not to be taken-in by a telephone scam in which the caller ID indicates calls are from the D.C. Courts.

Judge Blackburne-Rigsby Sworn In as Chief Judge
March 21 – On March 17 Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby was sworn in as chief judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The investiture, held at the D.C. Historic Courthouse, brought out many members of the Washington, D.C., legal community, as well as family and friends of the new chief judge.

Judge Bruce Mencher: Combining Love for Music and Law
January 11 – How does one balance work with wellness? For Judge Bruce Mencher, a senior judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, it’s through music. Here he shares more about his passion for music and how it helps him unwind.