Judge Robert Wilkins was formally installed yesterday on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, rounding out investiture ceremonies for the court's four most recent judicial appointments.
Wilkins was confirmed to the court on Dec. 27, but he was formally sworn-in yesterday in the Ceremonial Courtroom before a crowd of several hundred that included friends, family and a number of top names from the D.C. legal community, including Wilkins' former colleagues from the D.C. Public Defender Service and Venable.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who recommended Wilkins for the position, said yesterday that Wilkins had left a “lasting impression” on her when he was being considered.
“Once an issue is committed to him, an uncommon tenacity that does not settle for second best follows,” she said.
The ceremony completes the formal installments of the four judges most recently appointed to the federal bench in Washington.
U.S. District Judges Amy Jackson and James Boasberg, who were confirmed in March, had their investiture ceremonies on June 2 and May 20, respectively. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell, who was confirmed with Wilkins in December, had her investiture on March 15.