Appointed: November 6, 1992
Judge Brook Hedge was appointed as an Associate Judge to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush. She was designated Senior Judge in December 2010. During her tenure, she served in the Civil, Criminal and Family components of the Court, as well as in the Domestic Violence Unit as Presiding Judge of the Unit.
Judge Hedge, a New York native, has lived on both the east and west coasts. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1970. Following graduation, Judge Hedge moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law until 1971. Judge Hedge received her law degree from Catholic University in 1974, and then clerked for the late Honorable June L. Green of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
From 1977 until her appointment to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Judge Hedge pursued her legal career at the United States Department of Justice. She began as a trial attorney in what evolved into the Federal Program Branch of the Civil Division, representing the interests of the United States in its capacity as both plaintiff and defendant. In 1979, she became an Assistant Director in the Branch, specializing in cases involving law enforcement, national security, and foreign policy. Two years later, she became an Acting Director in the Branch and was inducted into the Senior Executive Service in May 1982. As a Branch Director, she supervised over 80 trial attorneys in litigation involving employment policies and decisions, education, health and human services matters, and banking litigation, as well as, in suits involving the White House and the Judicial and Legislative Branch of government. Among the awards she received during her tenure with the Department was the Attorney General’s second highest award, the Distinguished Service Award.
Judge Hedge has chaired the Court Technology Committee, Co-Chaired the CJCC Interagency Technology Advisory Committee and Co-Chaired the IJIS Management Implementation Committee. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Council for Court Excellence. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of the Frederick B. Abramson Foundation and the Women’s Bar Association Foundation.