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Judge Blackburne-Rigsby Sworn In as Chief Judge

By Jeffery Leon

March 21, 2017

Anna Blackburne-Rigsby Investiture

On March 17 Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby was sworn in as chief judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The investiture, held at the D.C. Historic Courthouse, brought out many members of the Washington, D.C., legal community, as well as family and friends of the new chief judge.

Judge Blackburne-Rigsby’s oath of office was administered by her predecessor, Judge Eric Washington, whom she thanked for his 12 years of leading the District’s highest court. In her speech, Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby called on the D.C. Courts to continue to bring its best service to the delivery of justice.

The robing ceremony also featured remarks by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission chair Peter Edelman, among others.

Judge Blackburne-Rigsby was nominated to the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2006 by President George W. Bush. Prior to that, she served as an associate judge of the D.C. Superior Court from 2000 to 2006, and as magistrate judge of the court from 1995 to 2000.