Phyllis D. Thompson

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Phyllis D. Thompson
Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Assumed office
Nominated byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJohn A. Terry[1]
Personal details
Born (1952-10-01) October 1, 1952 (age 68)[2]
Washington, D.C.
ChildrenEmily O. Famutimi, Elinor O. Famutimi
Alma materGeorge Washington University (B.A.)
Princeton University (M.A.)
George Washington University Law School (J.D.)

Phyllis D. Thompson (born October 1, 1952) is an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the highest appellate court for the District of Columbia.


Thompson was born and raised in Washington, D.C. After earning a bachelor's degree in anthropology from George Washington University in 1974, she studied religion at Princeton University. She returned to GWU for her law degree, which she received with high honors in 1981. She then joined the law firm Covington & Burling, where she became the first African-American woman partner in 1989.

In 2006, Thompson was appointed to the D.C. Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush.