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D.C. Bar Seeks Candidates for Committees and Commissions

September 25, 2017

Future Bar Leaders Wanted

The D.C. Bar Board of Governors is seeking candidates for appointment to the standing committees and commissions listed below. The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, September 29, 2017

D.C. Bar Committee on Nominations: The D.C. Bar Nominations Committee recruits, interviews, and recommends candidates for officers and members of the Board of Governors and for delegates to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association to run in the next D.C. Bar election. The Nominations Committee presents a slate of candidates to the membership in accordance with the procedures specified in the Bylaws. The Committee is composed of seven active members of the Bar. Appointments are made in the fall.

District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission: The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission selects and recommends a panel of three candidates to the President of the United States for each judicial vacancy on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The JNC also appoints the chief judges of the D.C. Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

The JNC is composed of seven members. Two are appointed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia (one non-lawyer), two by the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar, one (non-lawyer) by the Council of the District of Columbia, one by the President of the United States, and one judicial member appointed by the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Each member is appointed for a six-year term, except the member appointed by the President, who is appointed for a five-year term.

District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure: The jurisdiction of the D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure extends to all active and senior judges of the District of Columbia Courts, and embraces four areas: a judge's conduct warranting disciplinary action; involuntary retirement of a judge for reasons of health; evaluation of a judge who seeks reappointment upon the expiration of his or her term; and evaluation of a judge who retires and wishes to continue judicial service as a senior judge.

The JDTC is composed of seven members - two non-lawyers, four attorneys, and one federal judge. Two are appointed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia, two by the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar, one by the Council of the District of Columbia, one by the President of the United States, and one judicial member appointed by the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Each member is appointed for a six-year term, except the member appointed by the President, who is appointed for a five-year term.

JNC/JDTC: Applicants for these Commissions must be active members of the D.C. Bar and bona fide residents of the District of Columbia. Please refer to the Commission statutes [D.C. Official Code § 1-204.34] and [D.C. Official Code § 1-204.34], Section 434, for a full list of requirements. *Please note that the Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC) and the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure (JDTC) are not standing committees of the D.C. Bar. Please refer to the websites listed below for additional details. 
https://jnc.dc.gov/
https://cjdt.dc.gov/ 

To apply for any of these openings, please submit a résumé and a cover letter stating the committee and/or commission(s) on which you would like to serve and a description of relevant work or volunteer experience. Leadership experience with D.C. Bar committees, voluntary bar associations, or the Bar’s Communities (formerly Sections) is highly desirable. Descriptions of D.C. Bar standing committees can be found here

Submit materials via email or by mail to:
D.C. Bar Executive Office
1101 K Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005-4210