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Wilma A. Lewis
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Current Court Information:
District Court of the Virgin Islands
Title:   Chief judge
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   6/30/2011-6/29/2021
Chief:   2013-2020
Preceded by:   Raymond Finch
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Swarthmore College, 1978
Law School:   Harvard Law, 1981

Wilma A. Lewis is the Chief Judge for the District Court of the Virgin Islands. She joined the court in 2011 after a nomination from President Barack Obama. Lewis was named the chief judge in August of 2013 after the term of Chief Judge Curtis V. Gomez expired.[1]

Prior to joining the court, Lewis was the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the United States Department of the Interior, a post she assumed in 2009.[2]


Lewis attended Swarthmore College and graduated with an B.A. in 1978. Lewis received a J.D. from Harvard Law in 1981.[2]

Judicial career

U.S. Virgin Islands

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Wilma A. Lewis
 Court:District Court of the Virgin Islands
 Progress:Confirmed 120 days after nomination.
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified

Lewis was nominated by President Obama on March 2, 2011, to fill a seat on the District Court of the Virgin Islands vacated by Judge Raymond Finch.[2] Obama said of the nomination:

I am proud to nominate these three outstanding candidates to serve on the United States District Court bench. They all have long and distinguished records of service, and I am confident they will serve on the federal bench with distinction.[2][3]

Lewis was rated Unanimously Well Qualified by the American Bar Association. She had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 24, 2011, and you can find her Committee Questionnaire available here and her Questions for the Record available here. Responding to questions from the committee chair, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Lewis stated:

I have a strong commitment to public service. I will be fair and firm. I want to hear opposing perspectives, and I will set the tone for a courtroom where all litigants will have their day in court.[4][3]

Lewis was confirmed on June 30, 2011, by a voice vote of the United States Senate. Lewis was the first candidate nominated in 2011 to be confirmed by the Senate.[5]

Lewis was named chief judge in August of 2013. The position is a seven-year term granted to the senior most judge of the court who has not previously served as chief judge.[1]

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