A.B., University of Michigan; J.D., Yale Law School
Judge Julie H. Becker was nominated by President Barack Obama in April 2015, and confirmed by the Senate in June 2016.
Judge Becker was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from the Detroit Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Yale Law School. After law school, Judge Becker clerked for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, then of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She then received a Skadden Fellowship to begin work at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, focusing on the implementation of welfare reform-related changes to the laws governing public housing. She remained at Legal Aid as a staff attorney after her fellowship and was promoted to Supervising Attorney in 2007, continuing in that position until her appointment to the bench.
During her sixteen years at the Legal Aid Society, Judge Becker represented hundreds of low-income tenants and tenant associations in their efforts to obtain, improve, and preserve affordable housing. She appeared regularly in the Superior Court and various administrative agencies. She also litigated several cases in the D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Circuit concerning the rights of tenants under District and federal law. In addition, Judge Becker engaged in numerous policy initiatives relating to affordable housing and served on the Superior Court’s rules committees for the Landlord and Tenant Branch and the Housing Conditions Calendar.
Judge Becker is currently assigned to Family Court, presiding over a Domestic Relations Calendar.