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Wilma A. Lewis

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Wilma Lewis
Wilma Lewis Assistant Secretary of Interior for Land and Minerals Management Official Portrait.jpg
Chief Judge of the District Court of the Virgin Islands
In office
August 16, 2013 – April 27, 2021
Preceded byCurtis V. Gomez
Succeeded byRobert A. Molloy
Judge of the District Court of the Virgin Islands
Assumed office
November 10, 2011
Nominated byBarack Obama
Preceded byRaymond Finch
United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
In office
January 1998 – April 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byMary Lou Leary (Acting)
Succeeded byRoscoe C. Howard
Inspector General of the Department of the Interior
In office
April 10, 1995 – January 8, 1998
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byJoyce Fleischman (Acting)
Succeeded byRobert Williams (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1956-06-23) June 23, 1956 (age 64)
Santurce, Puerto Rico, U.S.
EducationSwarthmore College (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Wilma A. Lewis (born June 23, 1956) is a United States District Judge of the District Court of the Virgin Islands. She previously served as the first female United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Early life and education

Lewis was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and raised in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.[1] Her parents, Walter and Juta Lewis, were both federal civil servants, working for the United States Postal Service and the United States Customs Service, respectively. Lewis graduated as the valedictorian of her class at All Saints Cathedral School in 1974 and earned degrees from Swarthmore College in 1978 and Harvard Law School in 1981.

Legal career and government service

She worked in the litigation department at Steptoe & Johnson until 1986, when she joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. She rose through the civil division to become deputy chief of the division in 1993. That year, she departed for the United States Department of the Interior, where she served as Associate Solicitor for the Division of General Law. In 1995, she was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate as Inspector General of the Department of the Interior.

In 1998, Lewis was nominated and confirmed as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, the first woman to serve in that position.[2] She served from January 1998 to April 2001, when she became a partner in the litigation group at Crowell & Moring. From October 2007 to December 2008, she served as managing associate general counsel at Freddie Mac. In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Lewis to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management.[3]

District court service

In 2011 she was appointed to the District Court of the Virgin Islands.[4] In August 2013, she was named to a seven-year term as Chief Judge of the court. Her term as Chief Judge ended on April 27, 2021.[5]

References

  1. ^ Hearing before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourth Congress, first session, on the nomination of Wilma A. Lewis to be Inspector General, Department of the Interior, February 13, 1995.
  2. ^ "Wilma A. Lewis '81 nominated to be assistant secretary for Land and Mineral Management". Harvard Law Today. May 12, 2009.
  3. ^ Hearing before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, first session, on the nominations of Wilma A. Lewis, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior; the nomination of Richard G. Newell, to be Administrator of the Energy Information Administration; and the nomination of Robert V. Abbey, to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management, July 9, 2009.
  4. ^ The Hon. Wilma A. Lewis, American Law Institute.
  5. ^ "Chief Judge Position at the District Court of the Virgin Islands rotates to the Honorable Robert A. Molloy effective Tuesday, April 27, 2021" (PDF). District Court of the Virgin Islands. April 27, 2021. Retrieved April 30, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Legal offices
Preceded by
Raymond Finch
Judge of the District Court of the Virgin Islands
2011–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Curtis V. Gomez
Chief Judge of the District Court of the Virgin Islands
2013–2021
Succeeded by
Robert A. Molloy
This page was last edited on 6 May 2021, at 00:28
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