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Four Local Attorneys Sworn In as Magistrate Judges

May 3, 2017

On April 21, four local attorneys were sworn in as magistrate judges at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse. 

 

Tyrona DeWitt 

Tyrona De Witt

Tyrona DeWitt was born and raised in New Jersey. In 1997, DeWitt graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University. DeWitt relocated to the District of Columbia in 1999 to attend the University of the District of Columbia, David A Clark School of Law, where she served as managing editor of the District of Columbia Law Review and was the recipient of the Earl H. Davis Advocacy Award. After graduating summa cum laude with a J.D. in 2002, DeWitt clerked for Judge Judith Bartnoff. 

Prior to her appointment, DeWitt worked for 12 years as an assistant attorney general in the Family Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Her primary area of concentration was in the Child Protection Section within the Office of the Attorney General where she litigated cases concerning the abuse and neglect of children with related adoptions, termination proceedings, and guardianship matters. Additionally, DeWitt completed a rotation in the Mental Health Section of the Office of the Attorney General where she addressed petitions related to mental health issues. DeWitt has also been certified as a child welfare law specialist in the District of Columbia. 

The oath of office for Judge DeWitt will be administered by Judge Bartnoff.

Shelly Mulkey

Shelly Mulkey

Shelly Mulkey was appointed by Chief Judge Robert E. Morin to serve as magistrate judge on the D.C. Superior Court on October 31, 2016. Mulkey received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Tulane University and her law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law in 2001. Mulkey is a former Dean's Fellow for Professor David E. Aaronson. 

Following law school, Mulkey clerked for Judge Eric M. Johnson, Sixth Judicial Circuit of Maryland. She was previously an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, where she represented the District of Columbia in paternity and child support cases. 

At the Law Offices of Alice Paré, Mulkey represented clients in civil matters, including domestic relations and bankruptcy cases. She currently serves as a co-chair of the D.C. Superior Court’s Education Subcommittee, participates on the Paternity & Support Subcommittee, and is a member of the Preparing Youth for Adulthood Committee. She also serves as a co-chair of the Mentoring Committee for the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and she is an active member of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Judge Mulkey volunteers as a mentor through Mentors, Inc. in the District of Columbia. 

The oath of office for Judge Mulkey will be administered by Judge Johnson. 

Tanya Jones Bosier

Tanya Jones Bosier

Tanya Jones Bosier was appointed magistrate judge by Chief Judge Robert E. Morin in January 2017. She has been a member of the D.C. Bar for the past 15 years. She is currently an assistant general counsel for the D.C. Courts. 

Prior to her employment with the D.C. Courts, Jones Bosier worked as an assistant attorney general, D.C. Office of Attorney General. While at OAG, Jones Bosier gained extensive experience in abuse and neglect, administrative, child support, domestic relations, domestic violence, public benefits, and procurement law and intervention proceedings. 

Jones Bosier also received the 2013 Wilbert J. Parker Award for her dedication and service of the Fathering Court Initiative as well as the American University Washington College of Law 2015 Adjunct Professor Service Award for dedication to students and the law school community. 

She received her bachelor of arts, cum laude, from Syracuse University and her juris doctor from American University Washington College of Law. Jones Bosier also served as law clerk to Judge Zoe Bush from 2000-2001. 

Judge Jones Bosier’s oath of office will be administered by Judge Bush. 

Heide Herrman

Heidi Herrman

Heide L. Herrmann, a native of Buffalo, New York, earned her bachelor of arts degree in environmental geology and English, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University, and her J.D., cum laude, from Case Western Reserve School of Law. 

Following law school, Herrmann became an associate with Hahn Loeser & Parks, in Cleveland, Ohio, and soon thereafter clerked for Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., in the Northern District of Ohio. In 2000, Herrmann moved to the District of Columbia and began working for the United States Department of Justice, where she stayed for 16 years. Herrmann has served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch, the Environment and Natural Resources Division’s Natural Resources Section, and the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch. From 2008 through 2014, Herrmann served as an assistant United States attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where she prosecuted sex offenses and domestic violence crimes in D.C. Superior Court.

Herrmann was appointed magistrate judge by Chief Judge Robert E. Morin in January 2017. 

The oath of office for Judge Herrmann will be administered by Judge Oliver, Jr.