Hon. Ricardo M. Urbina is a member of Vannin Capital’s Funding Committee. He has more than 46 years of experience as a lawyer and judge. Between 1981 and 1994, Judge Urbina sat as a Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, including a stint, from 1985-1988, as the Chief Presiding Judge of Court’s Family Division. On March 22, 1994, Judge Urbina was nominated by President Bill Clinton to sit on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, a post he held until May 2012.
Prior to his 31 years as a federal and local judge, Judge Urbina practiced law, first as a public defender in Washington, D.C., before entering private practice, focusing on commercial, tort and criminal litigation.
Throughout his career, Judge Urbina was a highly-sought after professor, teaching courses on trial advocacy and criminal law at a number of well-respected law schools throughout the country. From 1974-1981, Judge Urbina was a professor and director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at Howard University. From 1996-2000, Judge Urbina lectured on trial advocacy at Harvard Law School, and from 1993 to 20013 Judge Urbina taught an LL.M.-level course on jury and trial advocacy at the George Washington University Law School.
Judge Urbina has been a recipient of numerous awards throughout his career. For example, Judge Urbina was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in 2014. He also received a Lifetime Leadership Award from the Hispanic National Bar Foundation in 2011. Also in 2011, the University of Virginia Law School awarded Judge Urbina the Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr. Award for outstanding service to the Trial Advocacy Institute and to the legal profession. In 2006, The Washington, D.C., Bar Association awarded Judge Urbina a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the Bar and Bench.
In addition to sitting on Vannin Capital’s Funding Committee, Judge Urbina continues to serve as a private dispute resolution neutral.
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