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Hon. Ricardo Urbina

Retired Judge

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Ret.)

Ricardo Urbina - Appointed by President Clinton, Judge Urbina served as a U.S. District Judge in Washington, D.C. from July of 1994 until his retirement in May of 2012.   He came to the federal bench directly from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, where he served from 1981 to 1994. During that time he chaired a committee that developed critical child support guidelines that ultimately became law in the District. Judge Urbina holds more than a dozen judicial awards received during his tenure on the bench including the Justice Brennan Distinguished Service Award bestowed by the University of Virginia for his dedication and abiding loyalty to the rule of law and the Constitution.                                                                                                                                                            


Judge Urbina obtained his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1967 and graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1970.  His first job as a lawyer was as staff attorney from 1970 to 1972 for the D.C. Public Defender Service.  After a two-year stint in private practice, Judge Urbina joined the faculty of Howard University Law School, where he taught from1974 until he was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 1981.  During his time  on the faculty, Judge Urbina directed the University’s Criminal Justice Program and taught evidence. For 20 years, Judge Urbina taught Trial Advocacy and a LLM course he initiated - The American Jury, at George Washington University Law School. 


Both in high school and as a Georgetown undergraduate, Judge Urbina was a nationally ranked competitive runner. In 1966 he won honors as the NCAA 880 indoor champion. He still holds his high school half mile record set 55 years ago.


Judge Urbina’s parents came to New York in the nineteen-twenties, his mother from Puerto Rico and his father from Honduras.


Judge Urbina is married to Coreen. They have one son, Ian, a Pulitzer Prize wining investigative reporter for the New York Times; and a daughter who works in the food industry in Washington, D.C. The judge has a grandson, Aidan, age 14.    

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