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Obama Nominates Black Woman To Bench

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WASHINGTON- President Obama has just nominated Wilma Antoinette Lewis to United States District Court of the Virgin Islands judgeship.

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Wilma Antoinette Lewis is the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the United States Department of the Interior, a position she has held since 2009.  Prior to this appointment, she served briefly as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior.  She previously served as the Department’s Associate Solicitor for General Law from 1993 to 1995 and Inspector General from 1995 to 1998.  From 2007 to 2008, Lewis was the Managing Associate General Counsel for Litigation at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.  Lewis served as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1998 to 2001, having previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1986 to 1993, during which time she was Assistant Chief of the Civil Division from 1989 to 1993 and Deputy Chief of the Civil Division in 1993.  Lewis also has significant experience in private practice, first as an associate at Steptoe & Johnson LLP from 1981 to 1986 and later as a partner at Crowell & Moring LLP from 2001 to 2007.  Lewis received her J.D. in 1981 from Harvard Law School and her B.A. with distinction in 1978 from Swarthmore College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


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