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About the Judicial Council Division

For decades, several judges in Washington, D.C. were active members in the National Bar Association and the WBA. They attended conventions, planned and participated in panel discussions, and otherwise advanced Houstonian jurisprudence. To accommodate the interests of a younger generation of judicial officers, and to direct more attention to local issues, in September 1999, the WBA created the Judicial Council Division of the Bar Association. Members include all judicial officers from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, the United States court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Tax Court, as well as Magistrate Judges and Administrative Law Judges.

WBA Past President Donald A. Thigpen, Jr. created this Division during his administration. The first officers of this esteemed Division were Judge Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. and Judge Paul Webber, III, both Seniors Judges of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and recipients of the WBA's prestigious Ollie May Cooper Award. After the first election of officers in early 2000, the Judicial Council Division began an ambitious program, planning activities for its members, as well as for WBA members and the greater legal community.

 

Meet the Team

On behalf of the Judicial Council of the Washington Bar Association, we welcome you to a new year. Under the sound leadership of Henry Floyd, the Washington Bar Association is an organization that is committed to development and growth for our local legal community. The Judicial Council will follow suit as we hope to provide you with programming that will be interesting, beneficial and entertaining.

This year’s theme is: Health, Wealth and Wellness. For most of us, we spend the majority of our time working and very little time on ourselves or on things that make us personally better. Ultimately, being kind to ourselves will make us better lawyers and better people. Here are some of the programs we will be providing this year:

 

1. 401K, Roth IRA, Retirement – The ABC’s of Financial Planning
2. Good Eats! – Change Your Diet, Change Your Life
3. Yoga & Meditation – Get Your Peace On!
4. So What Else Do You Do? – Alternative Careers Outside of the Law
5. Ancestry – Who are you really?

We will also host the Spring Symposium as our premiere event. So please join us as we work towards creating a better you.

Judge Sherri Beatty-Arthur

Washington Bar Association Judicial Council Chair

 

About The Chair

 

In July 2014, Judge Sherri Beatty-Arthur was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge with the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings.  Throughout her career, Judge Beatty-Arthur, a native Washingtonian, has demonstrated her long standing commitment to public service, community outreach and mentorship to the legal community and to the greater Washington, D.C. community and its citizens.   

Judge Beatty-Arthur was born in Washington, D.C. and she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in Government and Politics.  She went on to receive her law degree from Howard University School of Law and her MBA from the University of Maryland.

Judge Beatty-Arthur has been a practicing attorney since 1999 and is an active participant in the Washington, D.C. legal community.  Judge Beatty-Arthur’s legal practice has primarily been in the area of civil rights and employment law, and has included legal positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Judge Beatty-Arthur has served as the Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Office of Employee Appeals for the District of Columbia.  Judge Beatty-Arthur also spent several years as a partner in the law firm of Arthur & Arthur, PLLC, where she advised clients in family law, employment law and small business development.  In addition, Judge Beatty-Arthur served on executive team at the District of Columbia Public Defender Service where she advised management on hirings, recruitment, human resources and diversity.

Judge Beatty-Arthur has been a professor at the University of Maryland and at Prince George’s County Community College where she has taught Business Law, Employment Law, and Critical Race Theory. Judge Beatty-Arthur also headed the Scholarship of Engagement program with encouraged students and faculty towards community engagement and development.  Judge Beatty-Arthur has also taught Business Ethics at the University Of Maryland Graduate School Of Business and taught Torts and Administrative Law at Howard University School of Law.

Judge Beatty-Arthur has consistently shown a commitment to diversity and mentorship in the legal community.  Judge Beatty-Arthur is the recruitment chair at the Office of Administrative Hearings and serves as mentor with the Washington Bar Association.  Judge Beatty-Arthur is also an active participant with the University of Maryland’s Intern for a Day program.

Judge Beatty-Arthur is currently president of the District of Columbia Association for Administrative Law Judiciary.  Judge Beatty-Arthur is also an active participant with Washington Bar Association where she has served as an officer with the Judicial Council and served as the Financial Secretary, the Vice Chair, Chair-Elect and Chair.  Additionally, Judge Beatty-Arthur is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Notably, in 2018, Judge Beatty-Arthur received the Charlotte E. Ray Award from The Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC)   which is an award that is given to women who demonstrate a strong commitment to community involvement, mentorship, advocacy, and excellence in the Metropolitan Washington community.

Judge Beatty-Arthur is married to Magistrate Judge Errol Arthur and has two children, Miles and Layla.
 

Sherri Beatty-Arthur, Administrative Law Judge
 
Department of Health, Department of Human Services, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Department of Health Care Finance, Health Benefits Exchange, Taxicab Commission and Department of Public Works.
 
Washington, D.C

 

Chair H. Alexander Manuel
Administrative Law Judge, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

Judge Alex Manuel has served as an administrative judge at both the federal and state levels for over 15 years. As an administrative judge with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, he currently presides over lender liability cases involving federally-insured mortgages, as well as government sanction cases involving HUD lenders and contractors. In 1996, he was appointed as an administrative hearing officer by the Virginia Supreme Court where he handled adversarial, due process cases involving special education disputes, and Title VII cases involving state employees. Judge Manuel was also engaged as in-house counsel for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and as a partner with the Los Angeles-based firm of Meserve, Mumper & Hughes from 1988 – 1993. He continued to engage in financial regulatory practice with his own firm of Gray, Manuel, Keshen & Lafalce, P.C., in strategic alliance with the former Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro of San Francisco, CA., until he returned to government practice in 2001. Judge Manuel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia and is a veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He currently serves as Chair of the Judicial Council Division of the Washington Bar Association, and is active with the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association. He is also engaged in numerous community education projects and has won numerous community and professional awards.

 
Judge Wendell P. Gardner, Jr. (Chairperson)
Associate Judge
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
500 Indiana Avenue, Northwest, Chambers 1420
Washington, D.C. 20001
P: (202) 879-1810
F: (202) 879-0148
Gardnewp@dcsc.gov
Judge Caryn L. Hines (Member-at-Large)
Administrative Law Judge
District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings
441 4th Street, Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20001
P: (202) 671-0134
F: (202) 442-9451
caryn.hines@dc.gov
Judge Fern Flanagan Saddler (Immediate Past Chairperson)
Associate Judge
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
500 Indiana Avenue, Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20001
Judge Gretchen Naomi Rohr (Vice-Chairperson)
Magistrate Judge
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
500 Indiana Avenue, Northwest, Chambers 4450
Washington, D.C. 20001
P: (202) 879-1327
F: (202) 393-6748
gretchen.rohr@dcsc.gov
Judge N. Denise Wilson-Taylor (Recording Secretary)
Administrative Law Judge
District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings
441 4th Street, Northwest, Suite 450N
Washington, D.C. 20001
P: (202) 671-0172
F: (202) 442-9451
Denise.Wilson-Taylor@dc.gov
 

Judicial Council Liaison to WBA Website Committee

Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. serves on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and is a former Chair of the National Conference of State Trial Judges. He is a member of the American Law Institute – American Bar Association (ALI-ABA) Technology Advisory Panel, and the Planning Board for ABA TECHSHOW®. He is chair of the ABA’s Judicial Division Court Technology Committee, Technology Columnist for The Judges’ Journal magazine, a member of the ABA House of Delegates, and Senior Judicial Advisor to William & Mary Law School’s Courtroom 21 Project. Judge Dixon is a former Presiding Judge of the Superior Court’s Civil Division and the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division of the court, and was chair of the court’s electronic filing pilot project.

Former Chairs of the Judicial Council

Our deepest gratitude to the below former chairs. 


Judge Robert R. Rigsby

Judge Robert R. Rigsby

2018 – 2019
Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Judge Alexander Manuel

Judge Alexander Manuel

2016 – 2018 Administrative Law
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

Judge Claudia A. Crichlow

Judge Claudia A. Crichlow

12th Chair, 2011 – 2012 Administrative Law
D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings

Judge N. Denise Wilson-Taylor

Judge N. Denise Wilson-Taylor

11th Chair, 2010 – 2011 Administrative Law
D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings

Judge Anita M. Josey-Herring

Judge Anita M. Josey-Herring

10th Chair, 2009 – 2010
Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Judge Lee F. Satterfield

Judge Lee F. Satterfield

9th Chair, 2008 – 2009
Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Magistrate Judge S. Pamela Gray

Magistrate Judge S. Pamela Gray

7th Chair, 2006 – 2007
Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Magistrate Judge Karen Aileen Howze

Magistrate Judge Karen Aileen Howze

8th Chair, 2007 – 2008
Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Judge Maurice A. Ross

Judge Maurice A. Ross

6th Chair, 2005 – 2006
Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Judge Erik P. Christian

Judge Erik P. Christian

5th Chair, 2004 – 2005
Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby

Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby

4th Chair, 2003 – 2004
Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Judge Lillian McEwen

Judge Lillian McEwen

3rd Chair, 2002 – 2003
Securities and Exchange Commission

Judge Mary A. Gooden Terrell

Judge Mary A. Gooden Terrell

2nd Chair, 2001 – 2002
Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Judge Arthur L. Burnett, Sr.

Judge Arthur L. Burnett, Sr.

1st Chair, 2000 – 2001
Superior Court of the District of Columbia