Written by National Association of Women Judges|June 02, 2020|News
On May 1, 2020, the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession reported NAWJ Past President and Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, is among this year’s Margaret Brent Award honorees. Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby, an NAWJ member since 1996, was president of NAWJ for its 2013-2014 year. She is a tireless and enthusiastic supporter of all NAWJ members, and the programs and initiatives they champion. In 2014, she was instrumental as an NAWJ voice in raising awareness on judicial independence at the national level. Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby chaired the District of Columbia Courts’ Standing Committee on Fairness and Access, and served on the District of Columbia’s Access to Justice Commission. She was the Chair and Moderator of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. On May 13, 2020 Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby joined the Chief Justices of California, Iowa and Michigan in for NAWJ’s first webinar, “Courts on the Frontline: Providing Access to Justice While Protecting Public Health During a Pandemic.”
Margaret Brent was the first woman lawyer in America, arriving in the colonies in 1638. The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established by the Commission in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers.