Judge Robert Leon Wilkins portrait

Photo Credit:  Sharon Farmer – sfphotoworks@gmail.com

Born: 1963
Muncie, Indiana

Robert Leon Wilkins

Judge, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Nominated by Barack Obama on May 20, 2010, to a seat vacated by James Robertson; Confirmed by the Senate on December 22, 2010, and received commission on December 27, 2010. Service terminated on January 24, 2014, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Nominated by Barack Obama on June 4, 2013, to a seat vacated by David Bryan Sentelle. Confirmed by the Senate on January 13, 2014, and received commission on January 15, 2014.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, B.S., 1986
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1989

Portrait Ceremony

Program: October 14, 2022


Jules Arthur –  A few years ago, Judge Wilkins asked renowned artist and art historian David Driskell for a recommendation of an up-and-coming artist to paint his judicial portrait. Mr. Driskell recommended Jules Arthur, describing him as a singular talent among his generation. As demonstrated by the completed work, Mr. Driskell was absolutely correct.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Jules Arthur moved to New York City in 1995 to attend The School of Visual Arts, where he received a B.F.A. with honors in 1999. The following year, he was privileged to receive guidance from Robert Blackburn while attending the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Since then, Mr. Arthur has been the recipient of numerous awards and has been given a commending review in the New York Times for his “deft draftsmanship.” Committed to the path of a lifelong student of life and art, he can be found frequently in continuing course studies at the renowned Art Students League in New York City. He states, “If one is to master the human form one must remain in constant pursuit of it.”

An extensive portfolio of his portraiture, paintings, sculpture and other works can be found at www.julesarthur.com.

Professional Career:

Law clerk, Hon. Earl B. Gilliam, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1989-1990
Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, staff attorney, 1990-1996; chief, special litigation, 1996-2000; contract attorney, 2000-2002
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 2001-2010