AG Racine Statement on President Biden's Nomination of Solicitor General Loren AliKhan to Serve on the D.C. Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today issued the following statement after President Joe Biden nominated District of Columbia Solicitor General Loren L. AliKhan to serve as an Associate Judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  

“No one more is qualified and prepared to serve as a Court of Appeals judge than Loren. Her breadth of knowledge, legal acumen, tireless work ethic, and leadership capabilities make her not only an excellent choice for a judgeship, but the best choice,” said AG Racine. “As many can attest, I regularly boast that the District has the best Solicitor General’s office in the country – and that is because of Loren’s leadership and the top-notch team she has built. Elevating her to the Court of Appeals would greatly benefit District residents, as she would join the bench with a deep understanding of a broad array of issues and an extensive knowledge of District law. I couldn’t be prouder of her work for our office and her well-deserved nomination, and I urge the Senate to quickly confirm her.” 

Loren L. AliKhan has served as the Solicitor General for the District of Columbia since 2018. In her role, Ms. AliKhan manages a team of attorneys that handle over 500 new appeals each year in the D.C. Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She previously served as Deputy Solicitor General from 2013 to 2018.  

From 2010 to 2013, Ms. AliKhan worked in the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington, D.C., where she had an extensive pro bono practice. Ms. AliKhan served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2008 to 2009. Ms. AliKhan served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas L. Ambro on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 2007 to 2008 and for Judge Louis H. Pollak on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2006 to 2007. Ms. AliKhan received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006 and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2003. Ms. AliKhan has been active in a range of legal and community organizations, such as the American Inns of Court, the D.C. Circuit Advisory Committee on Procedures, and the South Asian Bar Association. 

The D.C. Court of Appeals is the highest local court in the District. Because of the District’s lack of statehood, judges on that Court are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Nominees are selected from a list of three finalists identified by the District’s Judicial Nomination Commission, which vets applicants for D.C. Court of Appeals and Superior Court judgeships.