This is to notify members of the bar and the general public that the Commission has begun inquiries into the qualifications of Judge Inez Smith Reid of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and Judges Ronna Lee Beck and Linda Kay Davis of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Judges Reid, Beck, and Davis are declared candidates for reappointment as Associate Judges upon the expiration of their terms on May 25, 2009.
Under the provisions of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, P.L. 93-198, 87 Stat. 796 (1973), §443(c) as amended by the District of Columbia Judicial Efficiency and Improvement Act, P.L. 99-573, 100 Stat. 3233, §12(1) provides in part as follows:
"…If a declaration (of candidacy) is so filed, the Tenure Commission shall, not less than sixty days prior to the expiration of the declaring candidate's term of office, prepare and submit to the President a written statement of the declaring candidate's performance during his present term of office and his fitness for reappointment to another term. If the Tenure Commission determines the declaring candidate to be well qualified for reappointment to another term, then the term of such declaring candidate shall be automatically extended for another full term, subject to mandatory retirement, suspension, or removal. If the Tenure Commission determines the declaring candidate to be qualified for reappointment to another term, then the President may nominate such candidate, in which case the President shall submit to the Senate for advice and consent the renomination of the declaring candidate as judge. If the President determines not to so nominate such declaring candidate, he shall nominate another candidate for such position only in accordance with the provisions of subsections (a) and (b). If the Tenure Commission determines the declaring candidate to be unqualified for reappointment to another term, then the President shall not submit to the Senate for advice and consent the nomination of the declaring candidate as judge and such judge shall not be eligible for reappointment or appointment as a judge of a District of Columbia court."
The Commission hereby requests members of the bar, litigants, interested organizations, and members of the public to submit any information bearing on the qualifications of Judges Reid, Beck, and Davis which it is believed will aid the Commission. The cooperation of the community at an early stage will greatly aid the Commission in fulfilling its responsibilities. The identity of any person submitting material shall be kept confidential unless expressly authorized by the person submitting the information.
All communications shall be mailed or delivered by February 5, 2010, and addressed to:
District of Columbia Commission on Judicial
Disabilities and Tenure
Building A, Room 246
515 Fifth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Telephone: (202) 727-1363
Fax: (202) 727-9718
The members of the Commission are:
Hon. Gladys Kessler, Chairperson
William P. Lightfoot, Esq., Vice Chairperson
Gary C. Dennis, M.D.
Michael K. Fauntroy, Ph.D.
Noel J. Francisco, Esq.
Shirley A. Higuchi, Esq.
Claudia A. Withers, Esq.
BY: /s/ Gladys Kessler