Judicial Council - Chair Message

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It is a pleasure to greet my fellow judges and WBA members in this, my second year of service as Chair of the WBA Judicial Council.  Your JC Executive Board is Judge Robert Rigsby, Chair-Elect; Judge Sherri Beatty-Arthur, Vice-Chair; Judge Errol Arthur, Financial Secretary; Judge Leslie Meeks, Recording Secretary, and Judge Denise Wilson-Taylor (Ret.), Board Member-at-large.

With so many retirements, we are fewer in number, but mighty as ever.  Our last showcase program, the 17th Annual Spring Symposium, garnered standing-room-only crowds, and was very well-received by the judges and members of the public.  We are pleased to offer this free and scholarly program and reception each year.  Thanks to Judge Pamela Gray (Ret.), the JC was also able to present it’s first scholarship award at last year’s symposium to the most deserving teacher/student in Washington, D.C., in honor of the late Edward Clarence “Donn” Gray.   Thanks to the generosity of Judge Gray, Judge Carol Ann Dalton, and others, this award has been fully endowed, and we look forward to making this scholarship/award for many years to come.

Our judges are also fully invested in the great programs put on by the award-winning Washington Bar Association.  Of all the outstanding volunteer bars in the District of Columbia, it bears repeating that the WBA was the first to be voted “Most Outstanding Voluntary Bar” in Washington, D.C.

Our members share their unique experience and knowledge with new and senior members of the bar, as well as the community.  We are military veterans, former federal prosecutors, former defense attorneys, as well as former and current law professors at Howard, Harvard, Georgetown, George Washington, and many outstanding law schools.  We are happy to serve as mentors, teachers, career counselors, and volunteers for all of the WBA programs that educate the children, and that feed the hungry and the homeless.

So join us! We are very collegial, and are happy to share your ideas and talents with our members, as well as the broader WBA.  Our 2018 Annual Spring Symposium is entitled “Judges and Journalists:  Keeping America Free!”  It will focus on the incredibly important role that attorneys, the courts, and our “fourth estate” has played, and continues to play, in protecting our Constitutional freedoms.  For more information, contact me at:  alexmanuel2002@gmail.com.  We will be happy to welcome you into our membership, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Alex Manuel, Administrative Judge

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Washington, D.C