A Senate committee Wednesday approved the nomination of Steven Wellner to the District of Columbia Superior Court.
Wellner has served as a local administrative law judge since 2006. Before going into government service, he was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis. Wellner faced no opposition when he appeared in March before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
His nomination will go before the full Senate for a vote.
In other local court news, D.C. Court of Appeals Senior Judge Frank Schwelb and Superior Court Senior Judge Leonard Braman are seeking reappointment.
The committee that reviews judges up for another term, the D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure, is accepting public comments on both judges through June 30. Senior judges below age 74 have to ask for reappointment every four years; judges 74 and older must be reviewed every two years.
Schwelb was appointed to the city’s highest local court in 1988 and became a senior judge in 2006. Braman was appointed to Superior Court in 1970 and took senior status in 1985.
The seven-member judicial disabilities and tenure commission is chaired by U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler. The other members are Jeannine Sanford of Bread for the City; nonattorney Michael Fauntroy; Joan Goldfrank, a former Superior Court magistrate judge; William Lightfoot of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot; and Anthony Pierce of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. One seat on the commission is vacant.