Former Chairs of the Judicial Council
Judge Claudia A. Crichlow serves as an Administrative Law Judge in the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings. Before joining the Office of Administrative Hearings, Judge Crichlow worked at the District of Columbia Public Defender Service for 18 years in many capacities including Deputy Trial Chief, Supervising and Staff Attorney. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Howard University School of Law. Judge Crichlow received a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science from Hunter College and earned a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University School of Law. Since 2008, Judge Crichlow has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ayuda, a non-profit legal services organization that provides legal services to the indigent immigrant community in the metropolitan area.
Judge N. Denise Wilson-Taylor serves as an Administrative Law Judge in the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings. She previously served as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the Department of Employment Services and as Assistant General Counsel, then Acting General Counsel for the Department of Employment Services. In addition, Judge Wilson-Taylor served as Deputy Director of Labor Standards for the Department of Employment Services. As Deputy Director, she had oversight responsibility for the Office of Hearings and Adjudication, the Office of Wage and Hour, the Victims of Violent Crimes Program, the District of Columbia Disability program and the Workers’ Compensation program. Judge Wilson-Taylor received a BA from Fisk University and earned a JD from North Carolina Central University School of Law.
Judge Anita M. Josey-Herring serves on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She has served in the Civil, Criminal, and Family Divisions of the court, and is a former Presiding Judge of the Family Court Division. Judge Josey-Herring is a member of several organizations including the United States Supreme Court Bar and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She was formerly a trial attorney and the Deputy Director of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service. Judge Josey-Herring has been involved in numerous efforts to improve the community and has received many awards and recognitions including the Charlotte E. Ray Award, and two Resolutions from the District of Columbia City Council for distinguished service.
Judge Lee F. Satterfield was appointed an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1992. In 2008, he was designated Chief Judge of the Superior Court. He is a member of the District of Columbia Courts Joint Committee on Judicial Administration. He has served as the Presiding Judge of the Family Court of the Superior Court and Presiding Judge of the Domestic Violence Unit. He also has served as a Drug Court judge and in the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the Court. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and a member of the Steering Committee of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence.
Judge S. Pamela Gray was appointed to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 2002. Since her appointment, she has served on the Family Court handling hundreds of cases involving abused and neglected children. Magistrate Judge Gray has participated as a member of a numerous committees tasked with improving court procedures and practices in the area of family law. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Magistrate Judge Gray served as the Deputy Director of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service. She joined the PDS in 1990 as a staff attorney. Magistrate Judge Gray serves on the Board of Trustees of the Frederick B. Abramson Foundation and the Youth Business Initiative.
Judge Karen Aileen Howze was appointed to Superior Court’s Family Court in September 2002 after practicing law for 11 years. Since 2007, Judge Howze has been assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit where she hears criminal and civil cases. A graduate of the University of Southern California and Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, Judge Howze is the author of two books “Health for Teens in Care: A Judge’s Guide” and “Making Differences Work: Cultural Context in Abuse and Neglect Practice. Judge Howze has been honored for her work with people with developmental disabilities by the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and, was named the first Angel in Adoption for the District of Columbia by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption.
Judge Maurice A. Ross, an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Superior Court, began his legal career in 1986 as an associate with the law firm of Shaw Pittman. After leaving Shaw Pittman in 1989, Judge Ross held the positions of Assistant United States Attorney, Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, and Associate Deputy Attorney General in the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ). From 1993 until 1997, he held the position of Senior Counsel at “Freddie Mac.” In 1997, he returned to the USDOJ as Assistant Counsel in the Office of Professional Responsibility until he was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 2001. Judge Ross served as Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect, and Chair of the Washington Bar Association Judicial Council.
Judge Erik P. Christian received his bachelor degree from Howard University and law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Following law school, Judge Christian served as an attorney with the law firm of Webster and Fredrickson, and as a judicial law clerk in the D.C. Superior Court for the Honorable Judge Annice M. Wagner. In 1989, Judge Christian was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia; and in 1995, First Assistant United States Attorney for the District of the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1999, Judge Christian was appointed Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, and Legal Counsel to the D.C. Mayor where he served until his appointment in 2001, as an Associate Judge in D.C. Superior Court.
Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby received her bachelor degree from Duke University and law degree from Howard University. She was appointed to the D.C. Court of Appeals in August 2006. She served as a Judge of the D.C. Superior Court from 2000-2006, and as a Magistrate Judge from 1995-2000. She joined the D.C. Office of the Corporation Counsel, now Office of the Attorney General, in 1992, where she served as Special Counsel. She later served as Deputy Corporation Counsel, superivising the Family Services Division. She was an associate at Hogan and Hartson from 1987-1992. She chaired the Washington Bar Association Judicial Council, chaired the first Washington Bar Association Judicial Council Symposium "Judicial Independence", and is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Bar Association Judicial Council.
Judge Lillian McEwen began her legal career in 1975 as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C. From 1979 to 1982, she was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where she worked with former Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. She then practiced criminal law privately for several years. From July 1994 to March 1995, Judge McEwen served as an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration in Fresno, California. She was then promoted to Hearing Office Chief Administrative Law Judge in New Haven, Connecticut. In September 1995, she was appointed Administrative Law Judge with the SEC. She retired in January 2007. During her term, she presided over and issued initial decisions in administrative proceedings brought by the SEC's Division of Enforcement.
Judge Mary A. Gooden Terrell joined the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1997. She is a former Assistant United States Attorney. Judge Terrell is involved in International Judicial Training in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Judicial Assessment and Reform. She is the founder of the African Judicial Network that promotes positive legal practices among the judiciaries throughout the continent. Judge Terrell is an educator and youth advocate. She is the founder of the Dix Street Academy, an alternative high school for youth drop outs. She also created The High Tea Society, Inc., a non-profit organization for inner city girls, ages 9-18, from economically challenged communities. Judge Terrell is a founding member of the National Congress of Black Women.
Judge Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. retired from Superior Court and obtained senior status in 1998. He graduated from law school in 1958 and entered the U. S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division. Thereafter, Judge Burnett served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and later as the Legal Advisor for the Metropolitan Police Department. In June 1969, he was appointed as a United States Magistrate for the District of Columbia, the first African American in the nation to hold the position of United States Magistrate. He served until December 1975 when he became the Legal Advisor for the Civil Service System. In January 1980, he returned to the bench as United States Magistrate for the District of Columbia until his appointment to Superior Court in 1987.