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Judge Stephen Glickman of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals was recently approved for a second, 15-year term on the bench.
The commission that evaluates judges in the District gave him the highest rating possible, “well qualified,” meaning he’ll be automatically reappointed to the city’s highest local court. His term was set to expire in June.
“During his tenure, Judge Glickman has authored over 250 opinions which demonstrate legally sound reasoning for his conclusions and decisions,” the D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure wrote in an April 4 report. “It is evident from our review that Judge Glickman’s opinions are well written and detailed and he takes very seriously the requirement that the Court explain its reasoning clearly and thoroughly.”
Before his appointment in 1999, Glickman spent most of his career at Zuckerman Spaeder. He joined the firm in 1980 and served as managing partner from 1991 to 1998. Before going into private practice, Glickman was a public defender in Washington and worked at the Federal Trade Commission in the Bureau of Competition. He earned his law degree in 1973 from Yale Law School.
He declined to comment on his reappointment.
The seven-member commission, which has one pending vacancy, can rate judges as “well qualified,” “qualified” or “unqualified.” If the commission finds a judge “qualified,” the president has the option of renominating and sending the judge back through the Senate confirmation process. “Unqualified” judges are ineligible for another term on the bench.
The commission said attorneys who appeared before Glickman were “uniformly positive.”
“Interviews with Court of Appeals staff indicated that Judge Glickman was well regarded and well liked,” the commission wrote. “Many of those interviewed used the words ‘fabulous’ and ‘wonderful’ to describe what they thought of the judge.”
Besides his duties on the bench, the commission noted that Glickman had served on several court committees over the years, including the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration, which makes policy for the local court system, and the Criminal Justice Act Committee, which picks court-appointed attorneys in criminal appeals.
Glickman serves as chairman of the D.C. Courts’ Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, which handles revisions to the local Code of Judicial Conduct. The committee provides informal advice and releases formal written opinions on judicial ethics issues.
The commission is led by U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler. Other members are Jeannine Sanford of Bread for the City, who serves as the group’s vice chairwoman; Michael Fauntroy, a political science professor at Howard University; Joan Goldfrank, who retired as a Superior Court magistrate judge in 2012; William Lightfoot of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot; and Anthony Pierce of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.