Associate Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
was appointed to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in August 2006. Judge Blackburne-Rigsby was born in Washington D.C. but raised in New York City. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University and earned her law degree from the Howard University School of Law in 1987. While in law school, she served as the lead articles editor for the Howard Law Journal and served as the co-captain for the Charles Hamilton Houston Moot Court Team. Judge Blackburne-Risgby was an associate attorney for five years at the law firm Hogan and Hartson where she litigated employment discrimination, commercial, real estate and education matters before the federal and state courts and administrative agencies. She also joined the District of Columbia Office of Corporation Counsel (now Office of Attorney General) in 1992, where she served as Special Counsel to the Corporation Counsel. In 1995, Judge Blackburne-Risgby was appointed to serve as a Hearing Commissioner of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She served as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 2000 to 2006.