Welcome to the Hispanic Bar Association
of the District of Columbia 

An Evening With Judge Ricardo Urbina

Thursday, September 12, 2019

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Berkeley Research Group
1800 M Street NW
Farragut North/Dupont Circle Metro (Red line)


Join us for an Evening with Judge Ricardo Urbina! Judge Urbina is a seminal member of our community and legal giant. Our “Evening With” events feature high profile Hispanic professionals who speak to our members about their particular career path, give advice/pointers, and answer questions. Refreshments will be provided.

Judge Urbina has more than 46 years of experience as a lawyer and judge. In April 1981, Judge Urbina became the first Latino ever appointed to the bench in Washington, DC. Between 1981 and 1994, Judge Urbina sat as a Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, including a stint, from 1985-1988, as the Chief Presiding Judge of Court’s Family Division. On March 22, 1994, Judge Urbina was nominated by President Bill Clinton to sit on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, a post he held until May 2012. In his 18 years as a U.S. District Court Judge, Judge Urbina issued more than 1,000 memorandum opinions. He garnered distinction for his handling of the complex civil calendar, one of the court’s most demanding assignments.

As a high school student in New York City, Judge Urbina held the national indoor track record in the 1000 yd. run while earning his high school All American track status. In college, he also held the indoor national 1000 yd. run record in 1966. He also won the indoor NCAA title in 880 yd. run, the same year he graduated from Georgetown undergrad with honors, earning a dual degree in English & Hispanic Culture and Civilization. Judge Urbina later earned his J.D. in 1970 from the Georgetown University Law Center.


The Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional development of its membership, and to supporting the Hispanic community in the Washington D.C. area.

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