“Obama Nominates Two Local D.C. Judges to Federal Bench,” coverage in The National Law Journal, April 28, 2016, featuring Adjunct Professor Todd Edelman.
B.A., Yale University; J.D., New York University School of Law
Judge Todd E. Edelman was appointed to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 2010 by President Barack Obama. Since his appointment, he has presided over civil, criminal, and domestic violence cases, and he is currently the Deputy Presiding Judge of the Superior Court’s Civil Division. Judge Edelman also serves on the faculty of the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Clinic, and frequently volunteers his time as a guest lecturer and trainer on trial practice issues.
Judge Edelman is an honors graduate of both Yale University and the New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. After his graduation from law school, Judge Edelman moved to Washington to serve as a law clerk for the Honorable William B. Bryant on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Following his clerkship, Judge Edelman was awarded an E. Barrett Fellowship at the Georgetown University Law Center. As a Prettyman Fellow, he spent two years representing indigent defendants in Superior Court and supervising law students in Law Center’s Criminal Justice Clinic. From 1997 to 2005, he was a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia, trying dozens of criminal cases before judges and juries in D.C. Superior Court. Judge Edelman served as Chief of the PDS Serious Felony Section from 2002 to 2004 and as its Training Director from 2004 to 2005. Judge Edelman subsequently spent several years in private practice at the Washington, D.C. firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser PPLC, where he focused his work on representing labor unions, pension funds, and individual employees in complex civil litigation in state and federal courts nationwide. Immediately prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Edelman was a clinical professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law in the Criminal Justice Clinic.