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Judge Roger Gregory Joins the JMF Board of Directors

May 10, 2016 by Joni Albrecht

Judge Bio Photo IMG_4072Judge Roger L. Gregory, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, recently joined the John Marshall Foundation Board of Directors; he will become Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit this July.

Judge Gregory was placed on the U.S. Court of Appeals by recess appointment of President William J. Clinton on December 27, 2000, the first African American to sit on this Court for the Fourth Circuit. He was re-nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate for a lifetime appointment to the Court in July 2001. Judge Gregory is the only person in U.S. history to be appointed to the United States Court of Appeals by two Presidents of different political parties.

Judge Gregory grew up in Petersburg, graduating from Petersburg High School in 1971. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Virginia State University in 1975, and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1978. He holds honorary degrees from Virginia Union University, Virginia State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Widener University and Saint Paul’s College.

Judge Gregory began his legal career as an associate with the firm of Butzel, Long, Gust, Klein & Van Zile in Detroit. He later joined the firm of Hunton & Williams in Richmond. In 1982, he formed the law firm of Wilder & Gregory with former Governor L. Douglas Wilder and practiced there until his appointment to the bench.

“I join the John Marshall Foundation with a profound respect for Chief Justice Marshall’s landmark decisions that ensured the Constitution’s position as the supreme law of the land. I believe Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes aptly stated the enduring legacy of Chief Justice Marshall when he said, ‘[I]f American law were to be represented by a single figure, skeptic and worshiper alike would agree without dispute that the figure could be but one alone, and that one John Marshall.’”

Judge Gregory is a past president of the Old Dominion Bar Association, and a past rector and member of the Board of Visitors for Virginia Commonwealth University. He has served on the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University and as an adjunct professor of Constitutional Law there.

Judge Gregory received the National Bar Association’s prestigious Gertrude E. Rush and Equal Justice Awards, and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award. He received the Thurgood Marshall Award of Excellence and the William Green Award for Professional Excellence from the University of Richmond School of Law.

In addition to serving on the JMF Board of Directors, Judge Gregory serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond.

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