President Obama Appoints African American Judge to the Second Highest Court in the US

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  • President Obama on Tuesday announced his nomination of Judge Robert Leon Wilkins, a distinguished African American judge, to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the second highest court in the United States.

    Wilkins currently serves as a United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, a position he has held since he was confirmed by the Senate without opposition in 2010.

    Judge Wilkins was born in Muncie, Indiana, and grew up both there and in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He received his B.S. cum laude in 1986 from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and his J.D. in 1989 from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and as a C. Clyde Ferguson Human Rights Fellow.

    “This is the second time I’ve called on Judge Robert Wilkins to serve — because in 2010, I nominated Robert to the D.C. District Court, and the Senate confirmed him without opposition,” Obama said Tuesday at the White House.

    “Before serving with distinction as a federal judge, Wilkins spent eight years in private practice and a decade as a public defender here in Washington, D.C., providing legal representation to defendants who could not afford an attorney,” Obama said.  “And throughout his career, Robert has distinguished himself as a principled attorney of the utmost integrity.”

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