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Six Attorneys Recommended to Chief Judge Morin for D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Vacancies

May 8, 2017

The Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges has forwarded to Chief Judge Robert E. Morin the names of six lawyers for his consideration in selecting nominees to the Board of Judges to fill the magistrate judge vacancies in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia created by the retirements of Magistrate Judges Aida L. Melendez and Frederick J. Sullivan. 

Sherri Beatty-Arthur has been an Administrative Law Judge for the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings since July 2014 and is an adjunct professor, Graduate School of Business, University of Maryland, University College. She served as Chief of Human Resources, Public Defender Service for two years prior to her current position. Judge Beatty-Arthur is a graduate of University of Maryland and earned her law degree from Howard University School of Law and M.B.A. from University of Maryland, University College. 

Sheila Beth Berman is a Senior Advisor on Law and Policy with The Warnath Group, LLC, with over 20 years of experience including as state and federal prosecutor, civil litigator, criminal defender and advisor to governments and legislators. She worked as a general practitioner in Louisville, KY, from 2006-2012 and was a federal prosecutor with the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section prior to that. Ms. Berman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and University of Louisville School of Law. Upon graduation from law school Ms. Berman worked as a Trial Attorney for the DC Office of the Corporation Counsel. 

Jack Sansome Gilmore has been a member of the DC Bar for 8 years. At present, he is a CJA Panel Attorney, handling criminal and traffic matters in the Criminal Division of the DC Superior Court. He also serves as a PINS Panel Attorney, GAL and CCAN Panel Attorney. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Gilmore worked as a Resource Advisor for Offender Aid and Restoration of the District of Columbia. From 2008-2009, he worked as a staff attorney in the Community Defender Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Mr. Gilmore is a graduate of Morehouse College and the North Carolina Central University School of Law. He served as a judicial law clerk in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas under the guidance and supervision of Family Court Judge Brenda Frazier Clemons. 

Charmetra Lynette Parker is currently a Section Chief in the Family Services Division, Child Protection Section of the DC Office of the Attorney General and has been employed at the Office of the Attorney General since 2005. As an Assistant Attorney General she handled child abuse and neglect cases. From 2003-2005, Ms. Parker was an Associate at Randall & Sonnier, LLC, in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Parker is a graduate of the University of West Florida and Wake Forest University School of Law. 

Jorge M. Vila has been a member of the DC Bar for 9 years. He has been a member of the CCAN Panel since 2010. Mr. Vila has worked as an investigator and attorney on the CJA Panel, as well. He received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico and earned his J.D. at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He was a law clerk at the Superior Court in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and went on to do defense work at the Public Defender's Office in Caguas, Puerto Rico. 

Katherine M. Wiedmann is a partner at Crowley, Hoge & Fein, PC and has fourteen years of practice in the District of Columbia. She is a member of the Probate Fiduciary Panel and serves as guardian, guardian ad litem and conservator in intervention cases. She also serves as personal representative, and represents clients, in estate litigation. She serves as a volunteer attorney through the Court's Probate Resource Center and Bread for the City's Advice and Referral Clinic. Ms. Wiedmann is a graduate of Mercyhurst College and received her J.D. from Washington College of Law, American University.