Judicial Portraits
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Bolitha Laws Laws, Bolitha J.

Dates Served
1938 - 1945

Biographical Sketch
Born 8/22/1891 in Washington, DC
Died 11/1/1958

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Nominated by Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 10, 1938. Confirmed by the Senate on June 16, 1938, and received commission on June 24, 1938. Service terminated on February 23, 1945, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Chief Justice, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Nominated by Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 19, 1945. Confirmed by the Senate on February 22, 1945, and received commission on February 23, 1945. Service terminated on September 1, 1948, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia 1948 - 1958. Service terminated on November 14, 1958, due to death.

Education:
Georgetown University Law School, LL.B., 1913
Georgetown University Law School, LL.M., 1914

Professional Career:
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia, 1914-1920
Private practice, New York City, 1920-1921
Litigation counsel and assistant general counsel, U.S. Shipping Board, Emergency Fleet Corporation, 1921-1922
Private practice, Washington, DC, 1922-1938

Artist
Peter Evan Egeli (1934 - .) Like other members of his family, Mr. Egeli has spent his life pursuing art. At the age of five, he had his first lesson in perspective drawing. At 18, he studied at the Corcoran School Art. After a stint in the United States Marine Corps, he entered the Maryland Institute of Art where he won first prize in the Senior Concours. Thereafter, he attended the Arts Students League in New York and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He later taught both drawing and painting at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

He is the former President and Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists.

Mr. Egeli's career as a portrait and marine artist has spanned decades. His portraits hang in boardrooms, in government and industrial spaces, and in academia

See Judge Bolitha J. Laws' Sculpture.