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Richard J. Leon

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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Judge Leon was appointed to the United States District Court in February 2002. He received his A.B. from Holy Cross College in 1971, his J.D. cum laude from Suffolk Law School in 1974, and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1981. Immediately prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Leon was engaged in private practice in Washington, D.C., as a partner in the Washington office of Baker & Hostetler (1989-1999), and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease (1999-2002). Prior to and while in private practice, Judge Leon served as counsel to Congress in the investigations of three sitting Presidents. In 1987, he was the Deputy Chief Minority Counsel for the U.S. House Select “Iran-Contra” Committee. From 1992-1993, he was the Chief Minority Counsel to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee’s “October Surprise” Task Force. In 1994, Judge Leon was Special Counsel to the U.S. House Banking Committee for its “Whitewater” investigation. He also served in 1997 as Special Counsel to the bipartisan U.S. House Ethics Reform Task Force. Earlier in his career, Judge Leon served at the U.S. Department of Justice in a number of positions including Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Environment Division, Senior Trial Attorney in the Criminal Section of the Tax Division, and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. He also served as a Commissioner on the White House Fellows Commission and the Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control. A former full-time law professor at St. John’s Law School (1979-1983), Judge Leon is currently an adjunct law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and the George Washington University Law School.

Professional Experience
Adjunct professor
George Washington University Law School
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Judge
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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Adjunct professor
Georgetown University Law Center
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Attorney
Private practice, Washington, D.C.
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Commissioner
Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control
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Special counsel
U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Reform Task Force
Special counsel
Whitewater investigation, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs
Chief minority counsel
October Surprise Task Force, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs
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Commissioner
White House Fellows Commission
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Deputy assistant attorney general
Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice
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Deputy chief minority counsel
U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran
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Senior trial attorney
Criminal Section, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice
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Assistant professor of law
St. John's University School of Law
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Special assistant U.S. attorney
Civil Division, Southern District of New York
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Attorney
Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program
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Law clerk
Hon. Thomas F. Kelleher, Supreme Court of Rhode Island
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Law clerk
Massachusetts Superior Court
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Education
Harvard Law School
LL.M. (1981)
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Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (1974)
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College of the Holy Cross
B.A. (1971)
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Websites & Blogs
Website
United States District Court, District of Colombia
Website
Federal Judicial Center Biography
Contact & Map
333 Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington , DC 20001
USA
Telephone: (202) 354-3580