Howard University

Chief Judge Eric T. Washington

Chief Judge Washington
was appointed by the District of Columbia Nominations Commission as Chief Judge for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on August 6, 2005. Chief Judge Washington graduated in 1976 from Tufts University and received his law degree from Columbia School of Law in 1979. He began his legal career in 1979 with the law firm of Fulbright and Jaworski in Houston, TX, where he engaged in general labor and employment practice. He served as Legislative Director and Counsel to U.S. Congressman Michael A. Andrews of Texas then subsequently rejoined Fulbright and Jaworski in the Washington DC office serving as Special Counsel to the Corporation Counsel between 1987 and 1989. From 1990 to 1995, Chief Judge Washington was a partner at Hogan and Hartson law firm. In 1995, he was appointed to the Superior Court of District of Columbia as an Associate Judge where he presided over various criminal trials as well as cases from the Drug Court, Domestic Violence Unit, cases involving children who were victims of abuse and neglect and tax and probate matters on certification from other judges. He was appointed to the D.C. Court of Appeals by President Clinton in 1999.