Judge Biographies


January 25, 2002

Odessa Vincent will be sworn in this afternoon as an Associate Judge in DC’s Superior Court. The ceremony will take place at 4pm in the atrium of the H. Carl Moultrie I Courthouse at 500 Indiana Avenue, NW.

Odessa F. Vincent was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding jurisdictions since 1975. She attended the University of the District of Columbia, where she received her B.A. degree in Political Science in 1981, and received her juris doctor degree from Howard University in 1984.

Ms. Vincent began her legal career in 1984 as an attorney-advisor with the
Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she litigated civil and
administrative cases. In May 1987, Ms. Vincent was appointed an Assistant United
States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office here in the District of Columbia. She
remained in that position until May 1995, when she accepted a position with the
Drug Enforcement Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel, where she served initially
as an attorney-advisor, and later as the Chief of the Criminal Law Section. From
August 1996 to 1997, Ms. Vincent served as a trial attorney in the Department of
Justice, Civil Rights Division, on the National Church Arson Task Force, where she
investigated and prosecuted crimes involving the arson of and destruction of religious
properties. Ms. Vincent then returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in December 1998
as Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Section, and ultimately became Chief of the Narcotics
Section in December 2000. She remained with the U.S. Attorney’s Office until her
appointment to the bench.