Profile Image Placeholder

Emmet G. Sullivan

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Review This Lawyer
Summary

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan was born in Washington, D.C., and attended public schools in the District of Columbia until his graduation from McKinley High School in 1964. In 1968, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Howard University and, in 1971, a Juris Doctor Degree from the Howard University School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Judge Sullivan was the recipient of a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship and was assigned to the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C. The following year, he served as a law clerk to Superior Court of the District of Columbia Judge James A. Washington, Jr., a former professor and Acting Dean of Howard University School of Law.

In 1973, Judge Sullivan joined the law firm of Houston & Gardner. He subsequently became a partner and was actively engaged in the general practice of law with that firm until August 1980, when his law partner, William C. Gardner, was appointed as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Thereafter, Judge Sullivan was a partner in the successor firm of Houston, Sullivan & Gardner. Over the years, ten lawyers from the Houston law firm went on to become judges.
While in private practice, Judge Sullivan was a member of a number of bar associations, and served on various court advisory and rules committees. He was admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Military Appeals, the United States Tax Court, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He was a perennial voting delegate to the Circuit Judicial Conference and the District of Columbia Judicial Conference. He served on the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Law Students in Court Program; the District of Columbia Judicial Conference Voluntary Arbitration Committee.

Professional Experience
Judge
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- Current
District of Columbia Judicial Disabilities; Tenure Commission and the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission; Chair of Judicial Nomination Commission 2005-present; United States District Court’s Executive Committee; Chair of Court’s Jury Committee; Non-Appropriated Funds Committee; Inter-Agency Detention Workgroup
Associate Judge
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
-
Associate Judge
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
-
Private practice, Washington, D.C.
-
Law clerk
Hon. James Washington, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
-
Law clerk
Neighborhood Legal Services Program, Washington, D.C.
-
Education
Howard University School of Law
J.D. (1971)
Howard University School of Law Logo
Howard University
B.A. (1968)
Howard University Logo
Awards
Ollie May Cooper Award
Washington Bar Association
Thurgood Marshall Award of Excellence
Howard University Alumni Association
Howard University Distinguished Alumni Award
President and Board of Trustees of Howard University
Professional Associations
Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation
Director
Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Washington Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Member
Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
American University Washington College of Law
Adjunct Professor
Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Judicial Conference Committee on Space and Facilities
Member
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
United States Judicial Conference Committee on Criminal Law
Member
-
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Websites & Blogs
Website
United States District Court, District of Colombia
Website
Federal Judicial Center Biography
Website
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan's Court Web Page
Contact & Map
333 Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington , DC 20001
USA
Telephone: (202) 354-3260