A story in Wednesday's editions incorrectly reported that Judge Ormann W. Ketcham would teach at the law school at the College of William and Mary upon his retirement from D.C. Superior Court. Judge Ketcham said he hoped to be an adjunct professor at the college's Marshall Wtythe School of Law while working at the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburgh.
Judge Orman W. Ketcham, 58, has submitted his resignation from D.C. Superior Court to President Carter to take effect July 15.
In a letter to the President March 15, Ketcham said he was leaving to join the National Center for State Courts in Willamsburg, Va., a nonproject organisation that works for judicial improvements on the state and local levels.
His letter came three days before the Carter administration submitted the names of five persons to the Senate to fill existing vacancies on the 44 member city bench.
A White House official said last night that Ketcham's resignation had been received, but that the President had not yet had a chance to acknowledge it. It was understood that the process of choosing a successor had not begun.
Judge Ketcham was appointed to the old D.C., Juvenile Court by President Eisenhower in 1957. He is now the senior judge of the Superior Court in length of service.
In another, development, the D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure announced that it had begun inquiries into three other Superior Court judges whose terms expire in June.
The three are judges Alfred Burke, John D. Fauntlerey and Catherine Kelly. All three are seeking reappointment.
If the tenure commission finds them "exceptionally well qualified" or "well qualified," they automatically would receive new 15-year terms. If a judge is found "qualified," the President may submit his name to the Senate for the confirmation but is not required to. Those found "unqualified" may not be considered.
In announcing the beginning of its inquiries, the tenure commission said:
"Any persons or organizations who wish to submit information bearing on the qualifications of any of the three judges should file such data with the commission no later than April 29, 1977. The identity of any person submitting material shall be kept confidential unless expressly authorized by the person submitting the material."
Judge Ketcham said in an interview that his plans to join the National Center for State Courts became firm less than two weeks ago. Twleve years remain in his current term on the bench.
He said he would develop a "juvenile court component" for the National Center and also teach at the John Marshall Law School at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg.
Much of his career has been devoted to juvenile law. From 1957 to 1962, he was the only juvenile court judge in the city. He was one of three such judges from 1962 to 1970, when juvenile court was merged into the Superior Court.
Judge Ketcham also has taught at the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Virginia Law School. He has served on numerous boards and panels concerned with juvenile law.
"Now I'm going to have to go out and persuade people to do what I want rather than order them," he said. "I'm proud to have been here these many and useful years, but this is too good and opportunity to turn down."