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District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings adds three new Administrative Law Judges

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The District of Columbia Commission on Selection and Tenure has appointed three new administrative law judges to two-year terms at the Office of Administrative Hearings.  At the end of two years, each may seek reappointment for an additional six years.  They were sworn in as administrative law judges at the agency in May, 2018. 
-    Administrative Law Judge Tannisha D. Bell has been a practicing attorney since 2003.  Prior to joining the Office of Administrative Hearings, Judge Bell served as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General Child Support Services Division.  Judge Bell also served as the Section Chief of the Crime Victim Services Section for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.   Judge Bell graduated from Virginia Tech where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and an M.S. in Sociology.  She earned her J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.   
-    Prior to his appointment, Administrative Law Judge Christopher Costa served as an Assistant County Attorney in Fairfax, Virginia, where he managed a litigation and transactional practice.  Before joining Fairfax County, Judge Costa practiced law in a number of small-, mid-, and large-sized law firms.  Judge Costa served as law clerk or legal intern for federal and state judges and was appointed through the U.S. Attorney General’s Honors Program as an attorney-advisor to a federal administrative law judge.   Judge Costa holds a B.A. in French and Political Science from the University of Rhode Island and received his J.D. cum laude from George Mason University School of Law.
-    Administrative Law Judge J.P. Howard previously served for over three years as an Administrative Law Judge with the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights where he adjudicated discrimination claims.  He practiced law at an international corporate law firm and independently as a trial lawyer.  He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center and coached its Willem C. Vis International Moot Team.  Judge Howard holds a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.