Judge Knowles Nominated for D.C. Associate Judgeship

by Jamison Koehler on June 18, 2012

Judge Kimberley Knowles (with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius). Photo by Craig LaFond/HHS

D.C. Magistrate Judge Kimberley Knowles has been nominated by President Obama to serve as a D.C. Superior Court associate judge.  Assuming the nomination is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Judge Knowles will fill the seat left by retiring Judge  Zinora Mitchell-Rankin.

Judge Knowles received her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell in 1991 and her law degree from Howard University in 1996.  She served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Eric Washington after graduating from law school, and then worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney until she became a magistrate judge in 2010.  At the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she served as deputy chief of the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence section.

According to the Blog of Legal Times, this was Knowles’ first time applying for a Superior Court judgeship.  Observers do not anticipate any problems with her confirmation.

2 Comments on “Judge Knowles Nominated for D.C. Associate Judgeship

  1. I don’t know Judge Knowles from Adam. I’m sure she is well-qualified and will be a good addition to the bench. I’m always leary of someone who has never represented a real person, in a real courtroom, against the power and weight of the government being the one to call the shots in a courtroom where the government is attempting to apply that same power and weight against someone else. Makes me nervous, but then again, I don’t know if I should be with Judge Knowles.

  2. Also nothing against Judge Knowles, but I agree with you. I note that at least of the two judges handling juvenile matters in D.C. have worked as defense lawyers. Judges Milton Lee and Maribeth Raffinan both worked as public defenders at some point before taking the bench.

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