D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby to give Dean’s Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, March 27

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Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby of the Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals will give the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture at noon on Tuesday, March 27, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.Blackburne-Rigsby was sworn in as Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on March 17, 2017, according to the District of Columbia Courts website. As the highest court for the District of Columbia, the D.C. Court of Appeals is the equivalent of a state supreme court and is authorized to review all final orders, judgments and specified interlocutory orders of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

In her role as chief judge, Blackburne-Rigsby also chairs the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration for the District of Columbia.

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Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby

Blackburne-Rigsby has taught Trial Advocacy at Harvard Law School and Continuing Legal Education courses for the District of Columbia Bar. She currently teaches professional responsibility as an adjunct professor at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia.

Blackburne-Rigsby has held offices in several judicial organizations, where she sought to promote the rule of law and equal access to justice. She has received awards for her legal, judicial and community service, including the Business and Professional Women’s League “Sojourner Truth Award,” the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia “2014 Star of the Bar Award,” the National Bar Association “Heman Sweatt Champion of Justice” award and the Greater Washington Area Women Lawyers Division (GWAC) Charlotte E. Ray Award.

Following graduation from Duke University, Blackburne-Rigsby earned her law degree from Howard University School of Law. She later joined the District of Columbia Office of the Corporation Counsel (now the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General), where she served as Special Counsel to the Corporation Counsel. She then served as Deputy Corporation Counsel in charge of the Family Services Division.

Nominated by President Clinton, Blackburne-Rigsby served as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 2000-2006. She also served as a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 1995-2000 and was nominated by President George W. Bush in August 2006 to serve as an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Past Dean’s Distinguished Lecturers include Harvard Law Professor David Wilkins, Duke Law Professor Katharine T. Bartlett, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University Professor Akhil Amar, and Professor A. E. Dick Howard, the White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.