Judge Wilkins began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Earl B. Gilliam of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California from 1989 to 1990. He worked at the Public Defender Service in the District of Columbia from 1990 until 2000, beginning as a staff attorney and later serving as Chief of Special Litigation, where he represented the agency’s policy positions.
From 2000 to 2002, Judge Wilkins spent the majority of his time working to establish the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, serving on the Presidential Commission and as Chair of the Site and Building Committee. From 2002 to 2011, Judge Wilkins was a partner at Venable LLP in Washington, D.C., where he focused on white collar criminal defense, intellectual property, and complex commercial litigation.
In 2008, The Legal Times named Judge Wilkins one of the “90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years.” In 2002, the National Law Journal named Judge Wilkins one of the “40 Under 40 Most Successful Young Litigators in America.” Additionally, he was a founding member of the D.C. Access to Justice Commission and has served on the D.C. Advisory Commission on Sentencing, the D.C. Truth-In-Sentencing Commission, and the D.C. Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.
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