THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NOMINATES THREE TO DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SUPERIOR
President Clinton today announced the nomination of the following three individuals to the D.C. Superior Court: Ronna Lee Beck, Linda Kay Davis and Eric T. Washington. The President is authorized by statute to nominate D.C. Superior Court judges from a list of individuals recommended by the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission.
"I am confident that these individuals will serve with distinction," the President said. "Their legal skill and dedication to the community will be strong assets to the District of Columbia and to this Court."
Ronna Lee Beck, 47, has had a solo civil litigation practice in Washington, D.C. since 1985. From 1977 to 1985, she was an associate and then a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Rogovin, Huge & Lenzner. From 1973 to 1977, Beck was a staff attorney for the District of Columbia Public Defender Service. From 1972 to 1973, she was a law clerk to Superior Court Judge Theodore R. Newman, Jr. Beck received a J.D. degree from Yale University Law School and a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan.
Linda Kay Davis, 50, has served as Chief of the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice since 1984. From 1976 to 1984, Davis served as Trial Attorney and Deputy Chief of that section. From 1973 to 1976, she was a staff attorney for the District of Columbia Public Defender Service. Davis received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Eric T. Washington, 41, has been a partner with the Washington, D.C. firm of Hogan & Hartson since 1990. From 1988 to 1990, he served as Principal Deputy Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia, and as Special Counsel to the D.C Corporation Counsel from 1977 to 1978. Washington was an associate with the Washington, D.C. branch of Fulbright & Jaworski and served as Legislative Director and Counsel to Congressman Michael Andrews from 1983 to 1985. Washington received a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. degree from Tufts University.
If confirmed by the Senate, these individuals would fill the vacancies created by the resignations of Judge Bruce Beaudin, Judge Gladys Kessler (who now serves on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia), and Judge Ricardo Urbina (who now serves on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia).