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Farewell to DC Superior Court Judge William Nooter

Farewell to DC Superior Court Judge William Nooter

by Jamison Koehler on February 7, 2023
Farewell to DC Superior Court Judge William Nooter

D.C. Top-quality Courtroom Judge William W. Nooter has retired.   

His previous working day on the bench was yesterday.  

And since he is not changing to senior position and I will by no means seem in front of him once more, I can generate about him below with out being accused of attempting to curry favor.  I can discuss from the coronary heart.

Colleague Steve Logerfo structured a shock farewell for him.  The jury box and gallery in courtroom 302 – a single of the greatest courtrooms in the Moultrie constructing – were comprehensive of prosecutors, court docket team, and protection attorneys ready to shock him when he took the bench at the start out of his very last day.  A range of people arrived into D.C. for the sole cause of getting existing.  There have been even more smiling and waving folks on the net via Webex.  

The choose arrived to a sustained standing ovation that seemed to go on permanently.  

He has always been 1 of my most loved judges on the bench.  It ought to not have amazed me that so many other individuals felt the same.


Mani Golzari of Community Defender Services and I arrived in D.C. around the similar time from Philadelphia wherever we experienced been colleagues at the PD’s business office there.

So impressed were being we at the larger excellent of the bench in D.C., we equally felt as if we had died and gone to heaven. 

Even right here, Decide Nooter exceled.  

He is between the judges who discover the correct balance among using the time they will need on every circumstance, permitting the functions to be listened to, when nevertheless going the docket alongside.

He did it with a human experience – form and light.   He was good and considerate.  He dealt with every person with regard. He was humble.


According to his biography posted on the court’s internet site, Choose Nooter was appointed to the bench by President Obama in 2015.  

Prior to that, he labored as a trial lawyer for the Workplace of the Attorney Normal and then for a non-public legislation organization, managing individual injuries, qualified legal responsibility, work and insurance policy protection difficulties.  He was a magistrate decide from 2000 up right up until his elevation to affiliate judge in 2015, serving as the President Justice of the peace Choose from 2010 by way of 2013. 

Choose Nooter was every thing you would want a decide to be.  We will skip him.