O. Rogeriee Thompson

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O. Rogeriee Thompson
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Assumed office
September 21, 2022
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
March 30, 2010 – September 21, 2022
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byBruce M. Selya
Succeeded byLara Montecalvo
Personal details
Born (1951-08-08) August 8, 1951 (age 71)
Anderson, South Carolina, U.S.
ResidenceCranston, Rhode Island
EducationBrown University (AB)
Boston University (JD)

Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson (born August 8, 1951), known commonly as O. Rogeriee Thompson, is an American lawyer who serves as a Senior United States circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and a former Rhode Island Superior Court justice.

Early life and education[edit]

Thompson was born in segregated Anderson, South Carolina, and grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. She attended Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, New York, under the auspices of the Student Transfer and Exchange Program (STEP), graduating in 1969. She came to Rhode Island to attend Pembroke College, which was the coordinate women's college for Brown University. Thompson earned an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Brown University in 1973 and a Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of Law in 1976.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Thompson began her career working as a cashier at the Providence Civic Center in 1973. In 1975 she worked as a law clerk for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. In 1974 Thompson started out as a legal intern for Rhode Island Legal Services and then returned in 1976 as Senior Staff Attorney and Family Law Manager until 1979. From 1979 to 1980 she was an Associate for the law firm of McKinnon and Fortunato. In 1980, Thompson became the Assistant City Solicitor for Providence, Rhode Island, and held this position until 1982.[3] Also in 1980, Thompson was a solo practitioner until 1984 when she opened a law firm in South Providence while raising a family with her husband, Rhode Island District Court judge William Clifton.[1] In 1988, Thompson was appointed to the Rhode Island District Court by Governor Edward D. DiPrete.[1] In 1997, she was elevated to the Rhode Island Superior Court by Governor Lincoln Almond.[1][2]

Federal judicial career[edit]

On April 13, 2009, United States Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced that they were recommending that President Obama nominate Thompson to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, to fill the seat left vacant by First Circuit Judge Bruce M. Selya's transition to senior status at the end of 2006.[4] On October 6, 2009, Obama formally nominated Thompson to the seat on the First Circuit.[5] She was confirmed by the Senate on March 17, 2010 by a 98–0 vote.[6] She received her commission on March 30, 2010. She assumed senior status on September 21, 2022.[2]

In August 2017, Thompson dissented when the en banc circuit rejected a lawsuit seeking to give Puerto Ricans the right to vote in U.S. federal elections.[7][8] In July 2020 Thompson was part of an appellate court decision that vacated the death sentence and overturned three of the firearm convictions of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and referred the matter back to the lower courts. The appellate court cited errors in the sentencing proceedings that found Dzhokhar guilty and condemned him to death; however, the appellate court upheld the life sentence for Dzhokhar. [9][10][11][12] Tsarnaev's death sentence was reinstated by the Supreme Court on March 4, 2022.[13]


Thompson lives in Cranston, Rhode Island.[14] She has three children.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Katie Mulvaney and John E. Mulligan, Thompson, McConnell selected for federal judgeships, The Providence Journal (April 14, 2009).
  2. ^ a b c "Thompson, Ojetta Rogeriee – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  3. ^ "United States Senate Committee for the Judiciary Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees – (Public)" (PDF). United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
  4. ^ [1] Archived April 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ President Obama Nominates Judge Denny Chin for United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson for United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Archived 2009-10-09 at the Wayback Machine, whitehouse.gov (October 6, 2009).
  6. ^ On the Nomination (Confirmation O. Rogeriee Thompson, of Rhode Island, to be United States Circuit Judge) March 17, 2010
  7. ^ Note, Recent Case: First Circuit Denies En Banc Petition's Claim of Nonapportionment to Puerto Rico, 131 Harv. L. Rev. 1155 (2018).
  8. ^ Igartúa v. Trump, 868 F.3d 24 (1st Cir. 2017) (mem.).
  9. ^ "Federal appeals court vacates Tsarnaev death sentence, orders new penalty-phase trial – The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com.
  10. ^ Italiano, Laura (July 31, 2020). "Court overturns death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev".
  11. ^ "New death sentence trial for Tsarnaev 'punch to the stomach'". July 31, 2020.
  12. ^ "Read the federal appeals court ruling vacating Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence – The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com.
  13. ^ "United States v. Tsarnaev". SCOTUSblog. March 4, 2022. Retrieved March 29, 2022.
  14. ^ "OBITUARIES | The Greenville News". greenvilleonline.com. 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2014-08-19.

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