February 13, 2015
Cocktail Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony and Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
Advance registration for this event is required.
The Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Administrator of the Year Award
Katrin Hussman Schroll, Director of Admission '09
Professor of the Year Award
Professor Douglas Colbert
Graduate of the Year Award
Louis G. Hutt, Jr. ’82
Firm Diversity Award
Practitioner of the Year Award
Deborah K. St. Lawrence Thompson ’97
BLSA Impact Award
W. Thunder Williams
The Honorable Robert M. Bell (ret.), Former Chief Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals
SMC Campus Center Ballroom
621 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
BLSA members: $40
Faculty, Staff, Alumni and all other guests: $65
The Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby was nominated by President George W. Bush to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in August 2006. Judge Blackburne-Rigsby chairs the District of Columbia Courts’ Standing Committee on Fairness and Access, and serves as Co-Chair of the District of Columbia’s Access to Justice Commission. Judge Blackburne-Rigsby is the President of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ).
Prior to her appointment to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Judge Blackburne-Rigsby was nominated by President William Jefferson Clinton to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and served from 2000-2006. Judge Blackburne-Rigsby previously served as a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 1995-2000.
Judge Blackburne-Rigsby graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and received the Duke University Presidential Leadership Award. She earned her law degree from Howard University School of Law, graduating in the top five percent of her class. While in law school, she served as the Lead Articles Editor of the Howard Law Journal and served as the Co-Captain for the Charles Hamilton Houston Moot Court Team.
Following law school, Judge Blackburne-Rigsby was an associate at the law firm of Hogan Lovells US LLP (formerly Hogan and Hartson) in Washington, D.C. Later, she joined the District of Columbia Office of the Corporation Counsel (now District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General), where she served as Special Counsel to the Corporation Counsel.
Judge Blackburne-Rigsby has held offices in several judicial organizations. She is a former Chair of the Washington Bar Association’s Judicial Council. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Managerial Trustees for the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ).
Judge Blackburne-Rigsby has served on the D.C. Rape Crisis Board; she is the former President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Links,?Inc.; and a lifelong member of the NAACP. She served as a Sunday school teacher at Shiloh Baptist Church and coached the girls’ basketball team of St. Gabriel’s Church.
Judge Blackburne-Rigsby is married to Judge Robert Rigsby, Associate Judge of the D.C. Superior Court, former Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia, and a Retired Colonel and Military Judge in the United States Army.