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

Collyer, Rosemary M. Collyer, Rosemary M.

Portrait Ceremony
Program of Ceremony: April 21, 2017

Dates Served
2002 -

Biographical Sketch
Born 1945 in Port Chester, MD


Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Nominated by George W. Bush on August 1, 2002, to a seat vacated by Thomas Penfield Jackson. Confirmed by the Senate on November 14, 2002, and received commission on November 15, 2002. Assumed senior status on May 18, 2016.

Other Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, 2013-present; presiding judge, 2016-present
Judge, Alien Terrorist Removal Court, 2016-present; chief judge, 2016-present

Education:
Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University), B.A., 1968
University of Denver College of Law, J.D., 1977

Professional Career:
Private practice, Colorado, 1977-1981
Chairman, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, 1981-1984
General counsel, National Labor Relations Board, 1984-1989
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1989-2002

Artist
Simmie Knox (1935 - ) A native of Washington, D.C., Simmie Knox graduated from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and has specialized in portraits since 1981. Mr. Knox exhibited as an abstract artist and worked for the Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. during the 1970s. His abstract art was displayed in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1971.

After years of painting abstract and other art forms, Mr. Knox turned full time to portraiture. His commissions feature entertainers, educators, military officers, judges, and private individuals and include Justice Thurgood Marshall in 1989, Senator Verda Welcome in 1990, Senator Herman Holloway in 1995, and Muhammad Ali in 1995. Perhaps Knox's most notable commission was to paint the official Portrait of President Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton, unveiled in 2004.

Mr. Knox's work is exhibited in the White House, the U.S. Senate, in courthouses, schools, museums, and private collections across the country.