Roderic V.O. Boggs

Senior Advisor

BoggsRod Boggs was the Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s Executive Director from 1971 until June 30, 2016. As executive director, he guided the Committee for virtually its entire life, developing and expanding its work to cover the wide range of civil rights matters for which it is well known. 

Under his leadership, the Committee grew from a two-lawyer staff with a relatively small docket of cases to its current staff of 28, including 16 attorneys, and a docket of over 100 active cases.

In addition to his work in developing the Committee’s overall program agenda, Mr. Boggs served as counsel in dozens of cases involving various areas of civil rights practice in federal courts, including arguments before several US Circuit Courts and the US Supreme Court.

Prior to joining the Committee, Mr. Boggs was a staff attorney for the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and accepted an assignment with the Ford Foundation in the Government of Tanzania’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Development Planning. He also served as the District Representative for Congressman Allard K. Lowenstein of New York.


  • M.Sc. Degree in International Relations, London School of Economics
  • JD, Columbia University Law School
  • BA, Colgate University

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia   
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional/Community Activities

  • 2015 Presidents' Award for Public Service,
    presented by the Washington Council of Lawyers
  • 2007 Justice Potter Stewart Award,
    presented by the Council for Court Excellence
  • 2002 Thurgood Marshall Award,
    presented by the District of Columbia Bar
  • 1991 Stuart Stiller Memorial Award,
    presented by Friends of Stuart Stiller
  • 1988 Edwin D. Wolf Award,presented by the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Fellow, German Marshall Fund Fellowship 1979-1980
  • Founding Member, Washington Council of Lawyers


  • The Role of Public Interest Organizations and the Private Bar in Civil Rights Enforcement in the 1980s, 37 RUTGERS L. Rev. 1065 (1985)
  • US/UK Civil Rights Enforcement. Final Report to the German Marshall Fund of the United States on Fellowship Activities, 1980
  • Whatever Happened to Watergate Reform? Sam Dash and Roderic Boggs, JURIS DOCTOR, May 1977
  • The Work of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in LEGAL AID IN SOUTH AFRICA (1974)
  • Basic Aspects of the Drug Addict’s Conflict with Law and Society, James V. DeLong and Roderic Boggs, in DRUGS AND YOUTH: The Challenge of Today (1973)
Copyright © 2008-2017 Washington Lawyers' Committee