A Washington, D.C.-based attorney’s dispute stemming from questions about her mental health, ahead of her acceptance into the city’s Criminal Justice Act Panel, has been rejected by a federal judge.

Kavita Kalsy is listed as a provisional member on a 2022 list of the district’s Criminal Justice Act, CJA, Panel of Attorneys, the court-appointed attorneys who defend the indigent in criminal matters. According to court documents, she started the application process back in 2018 and applied for full membership in 2020, however “concerns about [her] mental health” were raised by CJA Panel Committee members and Superior Court Judges Juliet McKenna and Peter Krauthamer during her interviews for the post.