Evening with Judge Urbina
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When: Thursday, September 12, 2019
6:30 PM
Where: Berkeley Research Group
1800 M ST NW
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States
Contact: Catherine Cone

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When: Thursday September 12, 2019, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Berkeley Research Group, 1800 M ST NW, Washington, DC

Metro: Farragut North - L ST Exit (red line) or Dupont Circle - N ST Exit


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. 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 April 1981, Judge Urbina became the first Latino ever appointed to the bench in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he served for 18 years as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia and issued more than 1,000 memorandum opinions. He garnered distinction for his handling of the complex civil calendar, one of court’s most demanding assignments.


Prior to his 31 years as a federal and local judge, Judge Urbina practiced law, first as a public defender in Washington, D.C., before entering private practice, focusing on commercial, tort and criminal litigation. Throughout his career, Judge Urbina was a highly-sought after professor, teaching courses on trial advocacy and criminal law at a number of well-respected law schools throughout the country. From 1974-1981, Judge Urbina was a professor and director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at Howard University. From 1996-2000, Judge Urbina lectured on trial advocacy at Harvard Law School, and from 1993 to 2013 Judge Urbina taught an LL.M.-level course on jury and trial advocacy at the George Washington University Law School. As a high school student, he held the national indoor track record in the 1000 yr. run while earning his high school All American track status. In college, he also held the indoor national 1000 yd. run record for in 1966; and, won the indoor NCAA title in 880 yd. run. He graduated from Georgetown undergrad with honors, earning a dual degree in English & Hispanic Culture and Civilization, and the Georgetown University Law Center.


Judge Urbina has been a recipient of numerous awards throughout his career. For example, Judge Urbina was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in 2014. He also received a Lifetime Leadership Award from the Hispanic National Bar Foundation in 2011. Also in 2011, the University of Virginia Law School awarded Judge Urbina the Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr. Award for outstanding service to the Trial Advocacy Institute and to the legal profession. In 2006, The Washington, D.C., Bar Association awarded Judge Urbina a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the Bar and Bench.

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