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The Honorable Eric Washington

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Chief Appellate Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cajun Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
12/2/1953
Birth Location:
Jersey City, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Chief Appellate Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cajun Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
12/2/1953
Birth Location:
Jersey City
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Biography

Chief Judge Eric Tyson Washington was born on December 2, 1953, in Jersey City, New Jersey to Gloria Simkins Washington, a social worker, and Eleby Rudolph Washington, a surgeon. He was raised in Newark, New Jersey and attended high school in Maplewood, New Jersey. Washington graduated from Tufts University in 1976 and received his J.D. degree from Columbia University’s School of Law in 1979. Washington began his law career in 1979 at the offices of Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas. The company is one of the largest law firms in the United States with nearly 1,000 attorneys in over fifty different practice areas. Washington soon relocated to Washington, D.C. to serve as Legislative Director and Counsel to U.S. Congressman Michael A. Andrews of Texas, before assuming a position in the Washington, D.C. branch of Fulbright & Jaworski.

In 1987, Washington served as Special Counsel to the Corporation Counsel, and later as Principal Deputy Corporation Counsel in Washington, D.C. After stepping down from this position in 1989, Washington became a partner at Hogan & Hartson, the oldest major law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., and remained there until 1995, when he was appointed to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. As an associate judge in the Superior Court, he presided over various criminal trials as well as cases from the Drug Court, Domestic Violence Unit, tax and probate matters on certification from other judges, and cases involving children who were victims of abuse and neglect. Washington was appointed to the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton in 1999, and six years later, the District of Columbia Judicial Nominations Commission designated Washington to serve a four-year term as Chief Judge of the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals, preceding Judge Annice Wagner.

Washington has previously served as Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Leadership Council for the District of Columbia Courts and is also a member of the Standing Committee on Fairness and Access to the Courts. Washington serves on many civic organizations as well, including the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington and the Boys and Girls Club Foundation.

Chief Judge Eric Washington was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 26, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Eric Washington's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Eric Washington lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Eric Washington describes his maternal family history, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Eric Washington describes his maternal family history, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Eric Washington describes his maternal family history, pt.3
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Eric Washington recalls his paternal family history, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Eric Washington recalls his paternal family history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Eric Washington talks about his father, Eleby Washington, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Eric Washington talks about how his parents may have met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Eric Washington describes his parents' personalities and how he takes after them
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Eric Washington talks about his father's medical practice
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Eric Washington describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Eric Washington talks about his father's decision to practice medicine in New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Eric Washington describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Eric Washington describes his childhood neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Eric Washington describes his elementary school years in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Eric Washington describes his youthful passion for tennis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Eric Washington describes his childhood sports heroes, Arthur Ashe, Jim Brown, and Bill Russell
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Eric Washington recalls his parents' attempts at musical training
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Eric Washington recalls the influence of television on his values and aspirations as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Eric Washington remembers professional role models as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Eric Washington talks about his middle school years at Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey, pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Eric Washington talks about his middle school years at Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey, pt.2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Eric Washington describes his time in the Boy Scouts and the development of black consciousness
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Eric Washington recalls his family's involvement with the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Eric Washington describes his memories of the 1967 Newark Riots and moving to Maplewood, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Eric Washington describes playing sports and the development of his social conscience at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Eric Washington remembers role models from his youth like Gus Heningburg
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Eric Washington describes his experience at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Eric Washington talks about his decision to become a lawyer and his father's view of lawyers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Eric Washington recalls his decision to attend Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Eric Washington remembers living in the Africana House at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Eric Washington describes volunteer efforts to connect citizens of Boston, Massachusetts' Roxbury and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods to local universities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Eric Washington talks about playing basketball at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Eric Washington describes how his experience at Tufts University propelled him toward a legal career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Eric Washington recalls how racial animus in Boston, Massachusetts led him to attend Columbia Law School in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Eric Washington describes his studies at Columbia Law School and the impact of Professor Kellis E. Parker
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Eric Washington talks about why he joined Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas after graduating from Columbia Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Eric Washington describes Houston, Texas in the late 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Eric Washington talks about his work at Fulbright & Jaworski
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Eric Washington talks about his decision to work for U.S. Congressman Michael A. Andrews in 1983
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Eric Washington talks about working for U.S. Congressman Michael A. Andrews, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Eric Washington talks about working for U.S. Congressman Michael A. Andrews, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Eric Washington describes how he became Principal Deputy Corporation Counsel in Washington, D.C. under Frederick Cooke
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Eric Washington describes why he decided to return to Fulbright & Jaworkski after working for U.S. Congressman Michael A. Andrews
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Eric Washington talks about Texan politicians Mickey Leland and Barbara Jordan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Eric Washington talks about HistoryMaker Lee P. Brown's tenure as Houston, Texas' chief of police
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Eric Washington recalls George H.W. Bush's presidential campaign against Ronald Reagan in 1980
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Eric Washington talks about the impact of the Reagan Administration on judicial office in Texas and President Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Eric Washington talks about his tenure as Principal Deputy Corporation Counsel
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Eric Washington talks about joining Hogan & Hartson and his increasing involvement with the Democratic Party in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Second slating of Eric Washington's interview
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Eric Washington describes corruption charges brought against HistoryMaker Mayor Marion Barry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Eric Washington contrasts the administrations of Mayors Marion Barry and Walter Washington
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Eric Washington describes the role of the Corporation Counsel in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Eric Washington talks about Herbert O. Reid, Sr., legal counsel to HistoryMaker Mayor Marion Barry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Eric Washington talks about working at Hogan & Hartson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Eric Washington talks about his work as Chair of the D.C. Democratic State Committee during President Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Eric Washington talks about HistoryMaker President Barack Obama's political appointments
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Eric Washington describes President Bill Clinton's reputation as the first black president
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Eric Washington talks about the financial difficulties in Washington, D.C. created by the city's limited tax base, pt.1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Eric Washington talks about the financial difficulties in Washington, D.C. created by the city's limited tax base, pt.2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Eric Washington recalls African American judges from his childhood who inspired him to become a judge
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Eric Washington describes his nomination process to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Eric Washington describes the declining trends in presidential judicial appointments
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Eric Washington describes his duties as a judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Eric Washington talks about the history of African Americans in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Eric Washington talks about his service on the Standing Committee on Fairness and Access to the District of Columbia Courts
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Eric Washington talks about his focus on domestic violence as a judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Eric Washington talks about drug sentencing in the District of Columbia
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Eric Washington recalls his appointment to the D.C. Court of Appeals in 1999
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Eric Washington talks about his work on the Strategic Planning Leadership Council, pt.1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Eric Washington talks about his work on the Strategic Planning Leadership Council, pt.2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Eric Washington talks about his work on the Strategic Planning Leadership Council, pt.3
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Eric Washington talks about Annice Wagner, Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Eric Washington talks about the Access to Justice Commission headed by Peter Edelman
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Eric Washington talks about his appointment as Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2005
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Eric Washington describes his vision as the Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Eric Washington talks about using open court cases to promote transparency with the public and educate law students
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Eric Washington discusses the pros and cons of live streaming oral arguments
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Eric Washington talks about judicial process on the D.C. Court of Appeals, pt.1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Eric Washington talks about judicial process on the D.C. Court of Appeals, pt.2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Eric Washington talks about appellate judges on the D.C. Court of Appeals
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Eric Washington compares the D.C. Court of Appeals to two-tiered trial courts in other states
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Eric Washington talks about the use of DNA evidence in trial courts
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Eric Washington talks about his work as President of the Conference of Chief Justices, pt.1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Eric Washington talks about his work as President of the Conference of Chief Justices, pt.2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Eric Washington talks about how to reform the American criminal justice system, pt.1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Eric Washington talks about how to reform the American criminal justice system, pt.2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Eric Washington talks about his hopes for his third term as Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Eric Washington reflects upon whether he would do anything differently as a judge
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Eric Washington describes the history of the Historic Courthouse in Washington D.C., pt.1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Eric Washington describes the history of the Historic Courthouse in Washington D.C., pt.2
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Eric Washington describes the history of the Historic Courthouse in Washington D.C., pt.3
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Eric Washington describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Eric Washington reflects upon his professional legacy
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Eric Washington talks about his family
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Eric Washington talks about how he would like to be remembered