WASHINGTON--The District of Columbia Bar has appointed Legal Services Corporation General Counsel Ronald Flagg to the D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission. The seven-person commission, which vets candidates for District of Columbia courts, also includes members appointed by the mayor, D.C. Council, White House, and chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
“Those of us who live in the District of Columbia need the strong voice in selecting local judges provided by the D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission,” Flagg said. “I am honored and excited to join this diverse group of District residents to screen, select, and recommend to the President the candidates who will ultimately serve as judges in our local trial and appellate courts.”
The commission screens lawyers applying for judgeships in the D.C. Superior Court and D.C. Court of Appeals, recommending to the White House three applicants for each judicial post. The president selects a nominee for Senate confirmation.
Flagg, who serves as LSC’s Vice President for Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary in addition to General Counsel, was named Jan. 2 to replace Karl Racine, a Venable LLP partner who finished his six-year term on the Commission the day before.
Prior to joining LSC in June 2013, Flagg practiced commercial and administrative litigation at Sidley Austin LLP for 31 years, 27 years as a partner. He also chaired the firm's Committee on Pro Bono and Public InterestLaw for more than a decade.
A graduate of the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School, Flagg served as President of the District of Columbia Bar in 2010-2011 and on the Bar's Board of Governors in 2007-2009.
LSC was established by the Congress in 1974 to provide equal access to justice and to ensure the delivery of high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 134 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.