District Judge Richard W Roberts

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District Judge Richard J. Leon
Photo: Beverly Rezneck

Chambers: (202) 354-3400

Courtroom Deputy:
Harold Smith (202) 354-3163

Court Reporter:
Scott Wallace (202) 354-3196

Chief Judge Roberts was appointed to the U.S. District Court in July 1998, and became Chief Judge on July 16, 2013. He graduated cum laude from Vassar College (1974) and received an M.I.A. from the School for International Training (1978) and a J.D. from Columbia University (1978). Prior to his appointment to the bench, Chief Judge Roberts served for three years as Chief of the Criminal Section in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Previously, Chief Judge Roberts was the Principal Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In prior posts, Chief Judge Roberts served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, an associate with Covington & Burling, and an Honors Program trial attorney in the Criminal Section in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Chief Judge Roberts became a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States in July 2013.