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Leon, Richard J.
Born 1949 in South Natick, MA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Nominated by George W. Bush on September 10, 2001, to a seat vacated by Norma Holloway Johnson. Confirmed by the Senate on February 14, 2002, and received commission on February 19, 2002.

Education:
College of the Holy Cross, A.B., 1971
Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 1974
Harvard Law School, LL.M., 1981

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Massachusetts Superior Court, 1974-1975
Law clerk, Hon. Thomas F. Kelleher, Supreme Court of Rhode Island, 1975-1976
Attorney, Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program, 1976-1977
Special assistant U.S. attorney, Civil Division, Southern District of New York, 1977-1978
Assistant professor of law, St. John's University School of Law, 1979-1983
Senior trial attorney, Criminal Section, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1983-1987
Deputy chief minority counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran, 1987-1988
Deputy assistant attorney general, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1988-1989
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1989-2002
Commissioner, White House Fellows Commission, 1990-1993
Chief minority counsel, October Surprise Task Force, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, 1992-1993
Special counsel, Whitewater investigation, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, 1994
Adjunct professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1997-
Special counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Reform Task Force, 1997
Commissioner, Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control, 2000-2001
Adjunct professor, George Washington University Law School, 2004-

 

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