Norton Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Commission Accepting Applications for Upcoming Vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Feb 4, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that Norton’s Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Commission (Commission) is accepting applications for an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Judge Emmet Sullivan, whom Norton recommended to President Clinton, will take senior status on April 3, 2021, creating a vacancy.

Applications are due by 1:00 p.m. on February 15, 2021. The application is available on Norton’s website and must be submitted to

President Biden, like Presidents Clinton and Obama, granted Norton senatorial courtesy to recommend candidates for federal district court judges and other important federal law enforcement officials in the District. The Commission will screen and recommend candidates to Norton, who will make recommendations to Biden. The Commission is comprised of lawyers and non-lawyers from across the District. The members of the Commission are: Co-Chair Pauline Schneider, Co-Chair Jon Bouker, Shelley Broderick, Frank Carter, Emilio Cividanes, Emma Coleman-Jordan, Shirley Ann Higuchi, Ellen Huvelle, Marie Johns, Philip Pannell, Johnnie Scott Rice, Joslyn (Josh) Williams and Judith Winston.