The Washington Bar Association (WBA) plays an active role in advancing members of the Washington DC legal community by endorsing candidates for important legal positions, such as the bench and NBA bar leadership positions. All candidate endorsement requests are considered by the WBA Judicial Selection and Evaluation Committee. Under our By-laws, the Judicial Selection and Evaluation Committee shall be appointed by the President. This Committee shall advise the Membership of judicial vacancies in the courts of the District of Columbia and, submit to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors the names of persons to be recommended for appointment to such judicial office. The Judicial Selection and Evaluation Committee shall from time to time survey the Membership or otherwise identify members of the Association for appointive office. The Judicial Selection and Evaluation Committee shall also have responsibility for other matters pertaining to the Judiciary, including but not limited to, the evaluation of judicial performance.
If you are interested in securing an endorsement from the WBA, please contact the Judicial Selection and Evaluation Committee Chair Wendell W. Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington Bar Association Guidelines for Endorsement of Applicants for Judicial Appointment & Appointive Office
The Judicial Selection and Evaluation Committee of the Washington Bar Association submits recommendations to the Board of Directors of the WBA for the Association’s endorsement of applicants for judicial appointment and appointive office in accordance with the following guidelines and procedures.
In keeping with the philosophy of Houstonian Jurisprudence, the stated goal of the Committee is to identify qualified applicants with a demonstrated commitment to equal justice under the law. Prior to recommending the endorsement of an applicant, the Committee interviews the applicant and reviews background materials, writing samples and other pertinent information in an effort to determine the candidate's fitness for judicial appointment or appointive office. Applicants are evaluated based upon the following factors, as appropriate:
- Judicial temperament.
- Professional skills and abilities.
- Adherence to ethical standards and exercise of sound professional judgment.
- Demonstrated commitment to fundamental fairness and diversity.
- Effective leadership and communication skills (oral & written).
- Demonstrated efficiency and organizational skills in work performance and in working with others.
- Demonstrated commitment to the public interest and community service.
Chair - Wendell W. Webster
Webster & Fredrickson, PLLC
Wendell W. Webster is a member of Webster & Fredrickson, PLLC where he practices bankruptcy and commercial law. Mr. Webster provides counseling and representation for individuals and businesses in matters ranging from pre-bankruptcy workouts to financial reorganizations and bankruptcy litigation. As well, he represents private and governmental clients in a wide range of commercial matters, including real estate, business planning and commercial dispute resolution.
In addition to practicing bankruptcy and commercial law, Mr. Webster is a member of the Panel of Chapter 7 Trustees, assigned to administer bankruptcy cases filed in the District of Columbia and he serves as a court-appointed Chapter 11 trustee in cases filed in Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia. As a bankruptcy trustee, Mr. Webster has been called upon to manage, operate and sell businesses and commercial assets, including residential and commercial real estate, multi-family housing developments, restaurants, a motel, a halfway home for Federal prisoners and a national telecommunications company. As bankruptcy counsel, Mr. Webster represented the Unsecured Creditors Committee in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case involving a ponzi scheme accused of defrauding investors of cash investments in excess of $70 million. His governmental clients include the Housing Authority of Prince George's County Maryland and the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. Mr. Webster served as General Counsel to the Housing Authority of Prince George's County, where he supervised legal matters including the sale and development of real estate, land use & planning issues and commercial litigation. As counsel to the Public Service Commission, he advised the agency with respect to the regulation of electric and gas utility services in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Apart from the practice of law, Mr. Webster is active in the community. He is a past President and current Board Member of the Washington Bar Association, the oldest and largest minority bar association in the District of Columbia. And he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Key School in Annapolis, Maryland.
Mr. Webster received his Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the Howard University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Howard Law Journal, and his Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School, where he concentrated in the areas of business planning and bankruptcy law. Following law school, Mr. Webster served as law clerk to the Honorable John Garrett Penn in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Prior to co-founding the law firm of Webster & Fredrickson in 1982, Mr. Webster practiced in the areas of real estate and commercial law at two Washington, DC law firms.
Mr. Webster served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Howard University Law School where he taught Creditors' and Debtors' Rights. He also taught Federal Taxation at Howard and the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. Mr. Webster is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland.