PLEASE NOTE THAT CANDIDATES SHOULD PROVIDE THE WBA WITH AT LEAST THIRTY (30) DAYS NOTICE FOR COMPLETION OF THE ENDORSEMENT PROCESS.
Deadline for endorsements requests for DC Court of Appeals, Thompson vacancy, is Friday, April 2, 2021, 5:00pm ET.
The WBA’s principal goal in endorsing candidates for judgeships is to ensure the appointment of qualified judges to both local and federal courts in the District of Columbia. Consistent with that goal, we also seek to increase the number of women occupying judgeships in the District of Columbia and federal courts. We endorse candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to equality of all litigants before the courts and who have been responsive to women’s needs and concerns.
The WBA’s principal goal in endorsing candidates for executive positions in the District of Columbia and federal governments and in bar associations is to increase the number of qualified women in those positions. We seek to endorse candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting women’s advancement and opportunities and to responding to women’s needs and concerns.
The Executive and Judicial Endorsements Committee of the WBA will complete an investigation of each candidate seeking endorsement by the WBA. This investigation may involve interviews with the candidate, interviews with persons listed as references for the candidate, a review of information provided by or on behalf of the candidate, and a review of additional information and interviews with additional persons that the Committee deems appropriate to properly evaluate the candidate. Upon completion of the Committee’s investigation, the Committee will make a recommendation to the WBA Board regarding candidates for endorsement. The WBA Board will make the ultimate decision regarding endorsement.
There will be no levels of ratings of candidates (e.g., qualified, very qualified, etc.). The WBA will endorse only those executive candidates about whom it is genuinely enthusiastic and only those judicial candidates whom it believes will be excellent judges.
Click here for WBA’s Endorsement Guidelines
Click here for WBA’s Application for Executive & Judicial Endorsments (this is a fillable PDF); NOTE–we are not currently requiring a notarized release form; signed forms can be submitted with a complete application