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Message from President Tom Williamson: DC Bar Annual Judicial Evaluation Survey

Tuesday, December 4, 2012  
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For the last 35 years the Bar has administered a member evaluation of selected D.C. Court of Appeals and Superior Court judges. Each year, the Judicial Evaluation Committee obtains written evaluations from those Bar members who have appeared before certain selected judges and confidentially presents the results to the Chief Judges and the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure. In order to preserve your confidentiality, the Bar works with Research USA, an independent research organization, to structure the presentation in a manner that will not identify individual lawyers with specific feedback. Participating in this survey furthers the Bar’s commitment to the administration of justice and for that reason, I am requesting that you provide your views and insights through this survey process.

Evaluations by attorneys appearing before the selected judges are invaluable tools for the courts and the Commission to use in their performance review process, and they allow the judges themselves to receive vital feedback. Your input can help the Chief Judges to address concerns about a judge’s conduct or conversely highlight best practices and conduct that should be commended. Whatever you say, positive or negative, contributes to improving the administration of justice in the District of Columbia.

Moreover, as you know, judges in the District of Columbia are not appointed for life; nor are they elected. We have a meritocracy where judges must apply for re-appointment. This process is strengthened when supported by a robust evaluation process -- one informed by accurate and thoughtful responses by those who actually litigate before the judges in these courts.Your views on our judges are essential for this process to be effective and serve the public interest; accordingly, I urge you to participate in this important endeavor.

Please take a few minutes now to fill out the survey here.

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