Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Superior Court of the District of Columbia. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/NLJ.)

Nineteen lawyers, magistrates and administrative law judges are applying for an open seat on the District of Columbia Superior Court, including the wife of the chief judge.

Pamela Satterfield, of counsel at Schertler & Onorato, is on the list of applicants vying to replace Judge Robert Richter, who is set to retire Oct. 2. Satterfield is married to Superior Court Chief Judge Lee Satterfield.

It wouldn’t be the first time Superior Court had spouses serving on the bench at the same time. Richter, in fact, is married to fellow Superior Court Judge Linda Kay Davis, who took senior status in 2012.

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission released the list of applicants Tuesday. Other applicants from private practice included Philip Andonian, of counsel at Bredhoff & Kaiser; Steven Berk of Berk Law; and Robert Salerno, a partner at Morrison & Foerster.

Three Superior Court magistrates—Errol Arthur, Rainey Brandt and Elizabeth Wingo—and three local administrative law judges—Claudia Crichlow, Sharon Goodie and Leslie Meek—applied.

Three lawyers applied from the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia: Laura Hankins, Jason Tulley and Gwendolyn McDowell Washington. They were joined by Darlene Soltys of the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington and U.S. Department of Justice lawyers Kristofer McDonald, Elizabeth Shapiro and Michael Zoeller.

Maria-Claudia Amato, general counsel of the D.C. Department of Corrections, and Federal Trade Commission lawyer Theodore “Jack” Metzler Jr. also applied.

The nomination commission is accepting public comments on the applicants through June 20. The commission will recommend three lawyers to the White House, which selects a nominee.

The seven-member commission is chaired by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan. Other members are Ronald Flagg of the Legal Services Corp.; William Lucy, a vice president of the AFL-CIO; Natalie Ludaway of Leftwich & Ludaway; Dickstein Shapiro’s Woody Peterson; the Rev. Morris Shearin Sr.; and Grace Speights of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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