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M. Colleen Currie

Chief Administrative Law Judge

Chief Administrative Law Judge

Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Judge Currie Acting Chief Administrative Law Judge effective November 8, 2020. Council confirmed Judge Currie as Chief Administrative Law Judge on May 4, 2021. Judge Currie has been an Administrative Law Judge with the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings since September 2016. 

She has presided over cases involving Rental Housing, D.C. Public Schools discipline and residency, Wage-Hour, Public Sector Worker’s Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Paid Family Leave, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Department of For Hire Vehicles, and Department of Public Works cases.  In 2018, Judge Currie served as Acting Principal Administrative Law Judge for Rental Housing and matters and cases arising from District of Columbia Public Schools, and Office of the State Superintendent. 

From 2018 to December 2020, Judge Currie was Principal Administrative Law Judge for Employment matters.  Since February 2020, Judge Currie has also been Principal Administrative Law Judge for Information Technology matters. 

From 2008 to 2016, Judge Currie served as Magistrate at the 15th Judicial District Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she presided over civil small claims hearings, informal traffic hearings, and a wide variety of criminal matters.  During 2010 and from 2012 to 2013, she also temporarily served as Magistrate with the Washtenaw County 14A-1 District Court.  Before being appointed as Magistrate, she litigated in Washtenaw County, Michigan from 1994 to 1998, specializing in misdemeanor defense, summary proceedings, and general civil cases.  From 1998 to 2008, she served as judicial attorney for Judge Timothy P. Connors of the Washtenaw County Trial Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Judge Currie attended the University of Michigan and earned a B.A. with distinction in English literature.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1994.