June 7, 2016
Amended November 17, 2016 [*]
from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
(FSP-688-13) (Hon. Robert R. Rigsby, Trial Judge)
Monique Melbourne, pro se.
B. Soschin for appellee.
Jonathan H. Levy, with whom Stephanie Troyer and Paul Perkins
were on the brief, for amicus curiae Legal Aid Society of the
District of Columbia.
Before: Glickman and Fisher, Associate Judges; and Ruiz,
consideration of this court's opinion in the above titled
case, decided November 3, 2016, it is
that the following corrections shall be made: On page 7, line
14, replace "Ms. Melbourne" with "she"
and delete "who was proceeding pro se"; on
page 8, line 1, insert a comma after the word "waiver,
" and on page 11, footnote 4, insert "Ms.
Melbourne's" before "Counsel" and start
this word with a lower case "c".
ORDERED that an amended opinion is attached to this order.
is so ordered.
October 7, 2013, appellant, Renee Monique Melbourne, filed
with the Superior Court an application to change the last
name of her minor daughter ("the child") from
Taylor to Melbourne. The child's father, Marcus Taylor,
opposed the name change. After hearing testimony from both
parents, the court denied appellant's application. On
appeal, Ms. Melbourne argues that the trial court applied an
improper standard when it denied the name change application.