Comments Sought on 37 Magistrate Judge Applicants

August 12, 2015

The Superior Court of the District of Columbia Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges is inviting comments on 37 applicants for two pending magistrate judge vacancies on the court. The vacancies were created by the retirement of Magistrate Judges Diana Harris Epps and Michael J. McCarthy.

The applicants are:

LaShanda AdamsMichele R. Lyons 
Jeremy AlperAndrew McGuire 
Maria AmatoHerman Alexander Manuel
Clinton BeastromWanda Martinez
Jonathan BollsShana Frost Matini 
Ezio Borchini Elbert Maxwell 
Rahkel Bouchet Theodore (Jack) Metzler 
Nata Brown Shelly Mulkey 
Kathleen Carey Adav Noti 
Dennis Chong Caroline Swift Platt 
Joel DavidsonElliott Queen 
Christine Davis Michelle Sedgewick 
Andrew James DoylePhilip Skillman 
Gwenlynn D'SouzaCurtis Staley 
Chad FosterAlessandro Terenzoni 
Jennifer HancockSherry Trafford 
Teresa HowieVytas Vergeer 
Jason LedersteinNatalie Walker 
Diane Lepley 

The committee is inviting comments on the fitness of the applicants for a magistrate judge position. Applicants are evaluated with respect to eight categories: judicial temperament, professional skills and abilities, ethics, commitment to diversity, leadership and communication skills, efficiency and organizational skills, writing skills, and community service.

Comments should be sent to Judge Russell F. Canan at and Addy R. Schmitt at

Comments must be received no later than September 1.

All comments submitted to the committee are confidential and will not be released to the public or the applicant. The committee will not reveal the source of any comment discussed with an applicant absent written consent by the individual providing the comment.

For additional information, contact the committee chair, Judge Canan, at