Three District lawyers selected for judgeship

Three Washington lawyers have been recommended for judgeship on the D.C. Superior Court bench.

The Judicial Nomination Commission, the District body that nominates individuals for judgeship, sent three names to President Obama this week to fill the vacancy of retiring D.C. Superior Court Judge Natalia M. Combs Greene.

The president will select one of the candidates within 60 days.

The commission recommended Steven N. Berk, principal and founder of Berk Law PLLC, where he specializes in consumer protection and whistleblower issues; Sherry M. Trafford, staff attorney with the District’s Public Defender Service who specializes in mental health issues; and Sean C. Staples, the guardian ad litem project director of the Children’s Law Center, the District’s largest legal services organization that focuses on children.

Individuals with questions or concerns about the candidates can contact the commission at

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 slain federal intern Chandra Levy.
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