A. Raymond Randolph
Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia Circuit
Washington, D.C.
Judge Randolph was confirmed by the Senate and appointed to the United
States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by President George H.
W. Bush in July 1990. The D.C. Circuit is generally considered the secon d highest
court in the United States.
Judge Randolph received his B.S. degree in 1966 from Drexel University,
majoring in economics and basic engineering. At Drexel, he was president of the
debate society, vice president of the Student Senate, and a member of the varsity
wrestling squad. In 1969, he received his J.D. from the University of Pennsy lvania,
summa cum laude. Judge Randolph ranked first in his law school class and was
managing editor of the Law Review.
After grad uation, Judge Randolph served as law clerk to Judge Henry J.
Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.
Admitted to the California Bar in 1970 ( and to the District of Columbia bar in
1973 ), Judge Randolph worked as Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department
of Justice, in Washington, D.C., 1970-1973.
After two years in private practice, Judge Randolph was named Deputy
Solicitor General of the United States, a position he held from 1975-1977.
In 1979, Ju dge Randolph was appointed Special Counsel to the Committee on
Standards of Official Conduct (the Ethics Committee) of the United States House of
Representatives, remaining in this position until 1980.
In the 1980s, Judge Randolph held a number of positions while in private
practice, including Special Assistant Attorney General for the states of New Mexico
(1985-90), Utah (1986-1990) andMontana(l983-l 990). He also served as a Member
of the Advisory Panel of the Federal Courts Study Committee.
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From 1971-1990, Judge Randolph argued 25 times in the United States
Supreme Court.
As an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center from
1974-1978 he taught courses in civil procedure and injunctions. In 1992 he taught
a course in constitutional law. He is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at
George Mason School of Law and for the past eight years has been teaching First
Amendment law. He also serves on the Judicial Advisory Board of the George
Mason University Law and Economics Center.
From 1993 through 1995 Judge Randolph was a member of the Committee on
Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and from 1995 to
1998 served as the Committee’s chairman. He currently serves as the judicial liaison
to the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section.
Judge Randolph is a member of the Board ofVisitors at Drexel University Law
School and was named to the “Drexel One Hundred” as a leading alumnus. In 2002
he was presented the James Wilson Award by the University of Pennsylvania Law
School. In November 2005 he delivered the Fifth Annual Barbara K. Olson
Memorial Lecture at the Annual Lawyers Convention of the Federalist Society. He
has published numerous articles, the most recent of which is in the June 2006 i ssue
of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Judge Randolph is married to the Honorable Eileen J. O’Connor, formerly
Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice. His son John
Trevor Randolph is an investment banker in New York. His daughter Cynthia Lee
Randolph is an artist living in San Francisco.