Judith Rogers

Born: July 27, 1939
New York, New York

Judith Ann Wilson Rogers

Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit

Nominated by William J. Clinton on November 17, 1993; Confirmed by the Senate on March 10, 1994, and received commission on March 11, 1994.

Radcliffe College, A.B., 1961
Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1964
University of Virginia School of Law, LL.M., 1988


Simmie Knox was born on August 18, 1935, in Aliceville, Alabama. As a young child he loved to make little sketches. Upon graduating from high school, Mr. Know spent several years in the military, and then attended Delaware State College as a biology major. He did some wonderful sketch of microorganisms and a professor recommended that he take art classes.

After completing his studies at the University of Delaware in 1967, Knox enrolled at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University where he earned a bachelor and master’s degrees in fine arts. His portrait of abolitionist Fredrick Douglas in 1976 is part of the collection at the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, he held many teaching positions, including being an instructor at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. from 1975 to 1980. When I saw his extraordinary portrait of Honorable Spottswood William Robinson III of this Court, I knew I would like him to paint my portrait. He painted my official portrait as Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and now as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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Professional Career:

Law clerk, Juvenile Court of the District of Columbia, 1964-1965
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia, 1965-1968
Staff attorney, San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation, 1968-1969
Trial attorney, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1969-1971
General counsel, Congressional Commission on the Organization of the District Government, 1971-1972
Legislative program coordinator, Office of the Assistant to the Mayor-Commissioner, Office of the Mayor, District of Columbia, 1972-1974
Special assistant for legislation, Office of the Mayor, District of Columbia, 1974-1979
Assistant city administrator for intergovernmental relations, District of Columbia, 1979
Corporation counsel, District of Columbia, 1979-1983
Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1983-1988
Chief judge, 1988-1994