Not many superior court judges have their appointment announced to the world by the White House.
But that’s exactly what happened when Hon. Julie R. Breslow ’89 was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as an associate judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In a Sept. 27 press release, the president said he was pleased to tap Judge Breslow and two others for 15-year terms on the D.C. Superior Court.
“I am confident they will serve the District of Columbia with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice,” President Obama said.
Judge Breslow’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Judge Breslow joined the D.C. Superior Court in 2002 as a magistrate judge. She presided over cases of child neglect, adoptions, guardianship, juvenile delinquency matters, and domestic relations. She also worked cases of refugee minors being neglected in foster care systems in D.C.
Judge Breslow earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Union College in 1987 and her J.D. from Albany Law School in 1989. After graduating from law school, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she clerked for the Administrative Law Judge Edward Terhune Miller for a year.
She has also worked as: Director of the Court Services Unit, Office of the General Counsel for the General Receiver, at the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency; associate at Freer and McGarry P.C. in Washington, D.C.; Assistant Corporation Counsel at the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia in the Child Abuse and Neglect, Juvenile Delinquency, and Child Support and Paternity Enforcement sections; and Chief of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office of the District of Columbia. Judge Breslow taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, specializing in classes such as Child Welfare Law and Practice in the District of Columbia.
The Superior Court of the District of Columbia hears local trial cases of criminal and civil law, and deals with specialized cases such as landlord and tenant, tax, and traffic offenses. It has a chief judge, 61 associate judges, and 24 magistrate judges.