Judicial candidates identified to fill D.C. Superior Court openings

Three Washington lawyers have been recommended to become the newest D.C. Superior Court magistrate judge.

The court’s Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges identified criminal and civil litigation defense attorney Diane Lepley, Assistant Attorney General Shelly Mulkey and Adrienne Noti, child support policy attorney with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The magistrate judge opening was created by the October retirement of Magistrate Judge Andrea L. Harnett. Lee F. Satterfield, the court’s chief judge, will determine Harnett’s replacement.

Meanwhile, the court is also waiting to see who be selected as its next associate judge. Late last month, the District’s Judicial Nomination Commission sent three names of Washington attorneys to President Obama. The position was created by the pending retirement of Judge Robert I. Richter. The commission recommended labor union and white collar defense attorney Philip Andonian of Bredhoff & Kaiser; Robert Salerno, a partner and federal criminal investigations attorney with Morrison & Foerster; and Darlene Soltys, a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office who specializes in narcotics and violent crimes.

Obama’s decision is expected is about 60 days.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of intern Chandra Levy.
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