Ricardo M. Urbina

Ricardo M. Urbina

Title: David E. Seidelson Professorial Lecturer in Trial Advocacy

Address: 2000 H Street, N.W, Washington, DC 20052
Email: rurbina@law.gwu.edu

B.A., J.D., Georgetown University

Biographical Sketch
Judge Ricardo M. Urbina sits on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The Judge is a 1967 honors graduate of Georgetown University and a 1970 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. Between law school and his judicial appointment, the Judge worked as a staff attorney for the D.C. Public Defender Service (1970-1972) and established his own practice with an emphasis on commercial litigation (1973-1981). Also during that period, Judge Urbina served as an associate professor at Howard University Law School.

In April 1981, Judge Urbina became President Reagan's first judicial appointment. During his thirteen years on the Superior Court, Judge Urbina managed one of the court's most demanding trial assignments, heading the court's Family Division and handled a complex civil litigation calendar.

He also chaired the court committee that worked with the bar and community organizations to create the court’s Office of Interpreter Services, which for the first time institutionalized the practice of providing court interpreters for the foreign-born and hearing-impaired.

In 1994, Judge Urbina was appointed by President Clinton to his current position as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Judge Urbina has also remained active in the world of academia. Judge Urbina has worked with D.C. area grammar and high schools by providing them with exposure to the workings of the court system and by presiding over moot court competitions among the students.

He also holds the David Seidlson Chair for Trial Advocacy at the George Washington University Law School. Washingtonian magazine selected Judge Urbina as a Washingtonian of the Year in 1986 and one of the region's most influential leaders in 2007.

Judge Urbina and his wife, Coreen, live in Northwest Washington, D.C. They have two children, Adrienne and Ian. Both are journalists, and Ian is the Washington regional correspondent for the New York Times.