Honorable Judge Nan R. Shuker (Retd.)
Judge Nan R. Shuker (Retd.) was the Honorable Senior Judge of the Superior Court of Washington, DC. Judge Shuker obtained her B.A. degree in Economics from Harpur College of the State University of New York at Binghamton and her J.D. degree from the American University, Washington College of Law. President Ronald Reagan appointed her to the bench and she has served for 21 years as an Associate Judge and 10 years as a Senior Judge.
Judge Shuker has numerous top-notch trail-blazing experiences as an attorney and a judge. In her early years, she worked as an attorney with The American University Center for the Administration of Justice and juvenile section of the Office of the Corporation Counsel. Subsequently, she rose to the position of a Section Chief of the Office of Corporation Counsel and was responsible for the prosecution of all juvenile delinquency, as well as child abuse and neglect cases and domestic violence matters.
Judge Shuker has served in all three major divisions of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia—Criminal, Civil, and Family. In her various judicial roles, she has served as an associate judge; deputy presiding and presiding judge of the Civil Division and as the adoptions judge and neglect and domestic relations calendar judge in the Family Court. Judge Shuker has adjudicated and mediated numerous cases in such areas as complex torts (product liability and medical malpractice), commercial contracts and litigations, land disputes, trusts and estates, complex domestic relations, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment.
Judge Shuker has served on the teaching faculty of the National Judicial College and the Harvard University Law School Trial Advocacy Program. Judge Shuker has also taught and lectured at local law schools, colleges, and public schools and to young attorneys in Public Defender Service, United States Attorney’s Office, and the Office of the Corporation Counsel. Judge Shuker assisted in the development of the mandatory Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program currently in operation in the Civil Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Judge Shuker has served on numerous high profile judicial committees, including serving as the chairperson of the Scholarship Subcommittee of the Robert A. Shuker Scholarship Fund and as a member of the Board of Directors of Adventures in Health, Education and Agricultural Development (AHEAD), which provides assistance to underserved communities in the United States and Africa.
Internationally, Judge Shuker was the honorable guest speaker of the government of Tanzania on Management Development of Judges. She assisted the government of Tanzania in the development and adoption of the individual Calendar and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Court System. Her work with the judiciary of Tanzania was instrumental in the establishment of the Robert A. Shuker U.S./Africa Judicial Exchange Program under a grant from the United States Information Agency in late 1994. This exchange program was a collaborative multi-institutional international exchange program for African judges from the countries of Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and Uganda. For the past 18 years, Judge Shuker has been participating in the training of members of the judiciary and law societies of Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ghana, Romania, and Slovenia in the techniques of mediation and caseflow management. Judge Shuker also served as the judicial member of a mediation training team which conducted settlement weeks in the Resident Magistrates’ Court and the High Courts of Tanzania and Zambia and conducted caseflow management assessments of the Resident Magistrates’ Court and the High Courts of Tanzania and Ghana and the courts of Bangladesh.