Obama Nominates DOJ Official for D.C. Superior Court
By Fahima Haque | February 4, 2011 12:43 pm

President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated veteran Department of Justice official Donna Murphy for a seat on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Murphy spent most of her career at the Civil Rights Division at DOJ. She began as a trial attorney and moved on to becoming deputy chief of the voting section, special counsel for police matters and deputy chief of the special litigation section.

Since 2003, she has been principal deputy chief for the housing and civil enforcement section, where she heads the section’s enforcement of federal statutes intended to prevent discrimination in credit and lending.

Murphy was one of six DOJ lawyers who made the list of potential nominees for the post.

Before Murphy’s tenure at DOJ, she clerked for Judge Myron H. Thompson on the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Alabama. She graduated from American University in 1986 and from Yale Law School in 1989.

Obama also nominated counsel Yvonne M. Williams at Miller and Chevalier Chartered and Jennifer Di Toro, legal director at the Children’s Law Center in Washington, for the other two slots on the court.


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