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RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND BAR OFFICERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BAR TO MAKE NON-PARTISAN PUBLIC STATEMENTS TO CONGRESS ABOUT THE TIMELY APPOINTMENTS OF JUDGES TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURTS


WHEREAS, on July 19, 2016, District of Columbia Court of Appeals Chief Judge Eric T. Washington met with the D.C. Bar Board of Governors and explained that one of the largest continuing challenges to the District of Columbia court system is the number of judicial vacancies;

WHEREAS, the D.C. Bar Board of Governors is concerned that continuing vacancies on both the D.C. Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia have been an acute and detrimental challenge for the Courts for the past several years, and that continued vacancies on the Courts have serious adverse effects on the core functions of the Courts and the Courts’ ability to administer justice;

WHEREAS, on January 17, 2017, the D.C. Bar Board of Governors approved a recommendation that it seek membership approval to address the Congress of the United States in support of the timely appointment of judges to the District of Columbia Courts; and

WHEREAS, the D.C. Bar Board of Governors believes that the ability of the Courts to have their full complement of judicial officers is closely and directly related to the administration of justice in the District of Columbia;

NOW, THEREFORE, it is, by the membership of the District of Columbia Bar, at a Special Membership Meeting on March 29, 2017, duly called to consider this resolution, hereby resolved:

That, effective immediately, the governors and officers of the District of Columbia Bar and their designees are authorized to make to the Congress of the United States such non-partisan public statements as are approved by the Board of Governors to support the timely confirmation of judges to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, when the Courts’ efficient administration of justice has been adversely affected.

March 29, 2017