Chief judges are designated based on seniority. “Judge Boasberg is a seasoned and well-respected judge, with extensive experience in both criminal and civil litigation,” she said. After playing basketball for St. Albans School and Yale College, he served as a D.C. federal prosecutor and Superior Court judge. Judge Royce C. Lamberth, who served as chief judge before Howell, observed that the Supreme Court is struggling with partisan tensions. Other D.C. judges have criticized Trump and others around him for using rioters as “pawns” whom they encouraged and “stoked” to fight.