The Hon. A. Raymond Randolph
Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
The Hon. Raymond Randolph was confirmed by the Senate and appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by President George H. W. Bush in July 1990. The D.C. Circuit is generally considered the second highest court in the United States.
Judge Randolph received his BS degree in 1966 from Drexel University, majoring in economics and basic engineering. At Drexel, he was president of the debate society, vice president of the Student Senate, and a member of the varsity wrestling squad. In 1969, he received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude. Judge Randolph ranked first in his law school class and was managing editor of the Law Review.
After graduation, Judge Randolph served as law clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.
Admitted to the California Bar in 1970 (and to the District of Columbia bar in 1973), Judge Randolph worked as Assistant to the solicitor general, U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C., 1970-1973.
After two years in private practice, Judge Randolph was named deputy solicitor general of the United States, a position he held from 1975-1977.
In 1979, Judge Randolph was appointed special counsel to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (the Ethics Committee) of the United States House of Representatives, remaining in this position until 1980.
In the 1980s, Judge Randolph held a number of positions while in private practice, including special assistant attorney general for the states of New Mexico (1985-90), Utah (1986-1990) and Montana (1983-1990). He also served as a member of the Advisory Panel of the Federal Courts Study Committee.
From 1971-1990, Judge Randolph argued 25 times in the United States Supreme Court.
As an adjunct professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center from 1974-1978 he taught courses in civil procedure and injunctions. In 1992 he taught a course in constitutional law. He is a distinguished adjunct professor of Law at George Mason School of Law and for the past eight years has been teaching First Amendment law. He also serves on the Judicial Advisory Board of the George Mason University Law and Economics Center.
From 1993 through 1995 Judge Randolph was a member of the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and from 1995 to 1998 served as the Committee's chairman. He currently serves as the judicial liaison to the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section.
Judge Randolph is a member of the Board of Visitors at Drexel University Law School and was named to the “Drexel One Hundred” as a leading alumnus. In 2002 he was presented the James Wilson Award by the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In November 2005 he delivered the Fifth Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture at the Annual Lawyers Convention of the Federalist Society. He has published numerous articles, the most recent of which will appear in the June 2006 issue of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Judge Randolph is married to the Honorable Eileen J. O’Connor, assistant attorney general, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice. His son John Trevor Randolph is an investment banker in New York. His daughter Cynthia Lee Randolph is an artist living in Michigan.