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Robert Leon Wilkins

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Robert Leon Wilkins
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Title:   Judge
Station:   D.C.
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   Voice Vote
Active:   12/27/2010 - Current
Preceded by:   James Robertson
Personal History
Born:   1953
Hometown:   Muncie, IN
Undergraduate:   Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech. '86
Law School:   Harvard Law '89
Robert Leon Wilkins is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He was nominated to this position on May 20, 2010 and was confirmed by the Senate on December 22, 2010.[1]

Early life and education

Wilkins is from Muncie, Indiana. He earned his J.D. in 1989 from Harvard Law School and his B.S. in 1986 from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. [2]

Professional career

Judicial Career

District of Columbia

On May 20, 2010 Wilkins was nominated by President Obama to serve as a District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He is nominated to fill the seat vacated by James Robertson. [3]

The American Bar Association gave Wilkins a unanimous rating of "Well Qualified". [4]

Wilkins' hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was on July 28, 2010. [5] You can find his Committee Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here. On September 23, 2010, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to send Wilkins' nomination to the U.S. Senate for a vote. [6]

Wilkins was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 22, 2010.[1][7]

Awards and associations

  • President of the National African American Museum & Cultural Complex
  • Founding member of the D.C. Access to Justice Commission
  • Named one of the 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years by The Legal Times, 2008 [8]
  • Served on the D.C. Advisory Commission on Sentencing
  • Served on the D.C. Truth-In-Sentencing Commission
  • Served on the D.C. Juvenile Justice Advisory Group [2]

See also

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