Rosemary M. Collyer
|Rosemary Mayers Collyer|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia|
November 15, 2002
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Thomas Penfield Jackson|
November 19, 1945 |
Port Chester, New York
|Alma mater||Trinity College (Washington, DC) B.A.
University of Denver College of Law J.D.
Rosemary Mayers Collyer (born November 19, 1945) is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and a member of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Born in Port Chester, New York, Collyer received a B.A. from Trinity College in 1968 and a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in 1977. She was in private practice at the law firm of Sherman & Howard in Colorado from 1977 to 1981. She was then Chairman of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission from 1981 to 1984 and General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board from 1984 to 1989. She returned to private practice in Washington, D.C. as a partner in the firm of Crowell & Moring LLP from 1989 to 2002.
Judicial service 
On August 1, 2002, Collyer was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated by Thomas Penfield Jackson. Collyer was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 14, 2002, and received commission on November 15, 2002.
In 2013, Collyer was appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States to a seven year term on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The Court provides a measure of judicial oversight over surveillance activities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as amended. Judge Collyer's term on the FIS Court began on March 8, 2013 and will conclude on March 7, 2020. She replaces Judge John D. Bates, whose term ended on February 21, 2013.
Notable cases 
In September 2011, Collier authored an opinion accepting the Central Intelligence Agency's view that for the CIA to acknowledge the fact that it had an interest in the use of drones for targeted killing would pose unacceptable damage to national security. On March 15, 2013, the DC District of Appeals unanimously reversed Judge Collyer's decision.
- "Rosemary M. Collyer". US District Court. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
- Nomination of Rosemary M. Collyer To Be a Member of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, and Designation as Chairman
- "Respondents' response to Court's August 7, 2006 order". United States Department of Defense. August 15, 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2008-06-23.