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Roberts, Richard W.
Born 1953 in New York, NY

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Nominated by William J. Clinton on January 27, 1998, to a seat vacated by Charles R. Richey. Confirmed by the Senate on June 5, 1998, and received commission on June 23, 1998. Served as chief judge, 2013-2016. Assumed senior status due to certified disability on March 16, 2016.

Education:
Vassar College, A.B., 1974
School for International Training (now SIT Graduate Institute), M.I.A., 1975
Columbia Law School, J.D., 1978

Professional Career:
Trial attorney, Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1978-1982
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1982-1986
Assistant U.S. attorney, Southern District of New York, 1986-1988
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia, 1988-1995; principal assistant U.S. attorney, 1993-1995
Chief, Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1995-1998

 

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