Appointed: April 12, 2002
S. Pamela Gray was appointed a Magistrate Judge by Chief Judge Rufus G. King III on April 12, 2002.
Judge Gray was born in Princeton, New Jersey and raised in Somerset. She has lived in the D.C. metropolitan area for 16 years. She received her B.A. degree in 1977 from Montclair State College in Montclair, New Jersey, and her Juris Doctorate in 1989 from Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.
Upon graduating from Rutgers in 1989, Judge Gray obtained a judicial clerkship position with the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the Superior Court. In that capacity, she worked on a variety of civil law issues and probate and tax issues.
Judge Gray joined the District of Columbia Public Defender Service in 1990 as a staff attorney. From 1990 to 1998, she represented indigent District residents in the Family and Criminal Divisions of the Superior Court. Judge Gray also argued a number of appellate cases before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
In April 1998, Judge Gray was appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Public Defender Service to the position of Deputy Director of the agency. As Deputy Director, Judge Gray, in conjunction with the Director, managed a staff of 100 attorneys and 100 administrative support staff. Judge Gray also assisted in all aspects of management and administration of the agency including supervision of agency staff, budgetary decision making and projections for future staffing needs of agency, setting goals, standards and policies.
Since her appointment Judge Gray has served in the Family Court presiding over abuse and neglect matters. She is presently serving as the Family Treatment Court presiding judge. Judge Gray is the chair of the Family Treatment Court Stakeholders’ Committee and co-chair of the Family Court Panel Oversight Subcommittee. She also serves on the Judicial Education Committee, Committee on Magistrate and Senior Judge Utilization, Family Court Hooked on Books Project and Family Court Rules Committee.