Judge Bios

Bush, Zoe

Appointed: October 7, 1994

Judge Bush was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and attended public schools there. She is daughter of the late John Edward Bush, III and Alice Saville Bush. Judge Bush graduated with honors from Wellesley in 1976, received a Waddell Fellowship and spent a summer in Ghana to research her honors thesis in History. Judge Bush received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1979.

Immediately after law school, Judge Bush moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable James F. Merow on the United States Court of Federal Claims. The following year she was a law clerk to the late Honorable Phillip N. Nichols on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In 1981 she joined the Office of General Counsel of the Washington Gas Light Company as a rate lawyer. As a rate lawyer, she represented the Company in rate proceedings before the District of Columbia and Maryland Public Service Commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for nearly three years.

In 1984 she joined the Office of General Counsel of the Potomac Electric Power Company. During her seven years with PEPCO, she was promoted from Associate Counsel to Assistant General Counsel to Associate General Counsel.

After ten years of litigation, Judge Bush was appointed by Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, and confirmed by the District of Columbia Council, as an Administrative Judge of the Board of Contract Appeals for the District of Columbia. Later she was appointed and confirmed as the Chief Administrative Judge. During her nearly three-year tenure as Chief Judge of the Board of Contract Appeals, the backlog for bid protests was eliminated and the delay in resolving contract disputes was greatly reduced.

Judge Bush has been active in bar activities and in community service in the District of Columbia. She was formerly a tutor for Project Northstar, the Homeless Children’s Tutorial Project. She is a longstanding member of the National Association of Black Women Attorneys (NABWA) and has been a member of its Board of Governors. Judge Bush has served as co-chair for the Executive Endorsements Committee of the Women’s Bar Association (WBA) and the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the National Bar Association’s Women Lawyer’s Division (GWAC). She has also been an active member of the WBA and GWAC community outreach committees and has worked on the Boarder Baby’s Project for WBA and has been a GWAC big sister for a group of female students at Malcolm X Elementary School. Judge Bush has also been active in the Wellesley College Alumnae Association and has served as the Association’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative for Career Services. Prior to her appointment to Superior Court, Judge Bush served as a pro bono mediator for three years in the Court’s Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division.

Judge Bush is the proud mother of Lena Ursaline Bush, who is three years old.