Rhonda Reid Winston


Board Member since 2009

Rhonda Reid Winston is a judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  She was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 1994 by President William Jefferson Clinton and is currently the Presiding Judge of the Probate and Tax Divisions.  Judge Winston is also a member of the adjunct faculty at The George Washington University Law School, where she teaches Advanced Trial Advocacy in the LLM program. Judge Winston is a 1976 cum laude graduate of Duke University, where she was an Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholar and a recipient of a National Achievement Scholarship.  She received her law degree from Duke University School of Law in 1979, and is an Honorary Life Member of its Board of Visitors. Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Winston spent nine years with the Public Defender Service, and during her tenure there served as a Staff Attorney, Special Litigation Counsel, and Deputy Director. Judge Winston has also held positions as Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor in New York City, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law in the Criminal Justice Clinic at Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C., Trial Attorney in the Baltimore District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Deputy Director of the District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency. In 1999, Judge Winston was awarded the Charles S. Murphy Award by Duke University Law School for her dedication to public service.  In February 2007, the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the Women’s Division of the National Bar Association honored Judge Winston with the Charlotte E. Ray Award in honor of the first African American female attorney in the United States.