Title: Retired Federal Judiciary
Location: Fort Belvoir, Virginia, United States
Hon. Richard Abell, retired federal judiciary, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of law.
Mr. Abell has had an illustrious and extensive career, holding numerous positions prior to his retirement in 2010. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs in 1966 as well as a Juris Doctor in 1974, both from George Washington University, and has been admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania since 1974. He served as a member of the policy board for the American Civil Rights Union from 2010 to 2013 as well as a special trial judge and special master for the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., from 1991 to 2010. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as an assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice from 1986 to 1990, previously working as deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs for the U.S. Department of Justice from 1983 to 1986. He has also served as the director of the Office of Program Development for the Peace Corps from 1981 to 1983 and a staff member for U.S. Senator Richard Schweiker from 1979 to 1980. Furthermore, Mr. Abell has held the position of deputy sheriff for Chester County, Pennsylvania, from 1976 to 1978, assistant district attorney of the county from 1974 to 1979, associate for Reilly & Fogwell in West Chester, PA, from 1974 to 1980 and a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Colombia from 1967 to 1969.
Related to his career, Mr. Abell has been involved with numerous organizations, both as a member and a leader. He has held membership with the board of directors for the Young Republicans Network, Inc., since 2009 and the Federal Prison Industries, Inc., from 1985 to 1991. He has served as co-chairman of the advisory committee for the National Center for State and Local Law Enforcement Training from 1987 to 1990. He held the position of vice chairman of the Research and Development Review Board for the U.S. Department of Justice from 1987 to 1989, chairman of the National Crime Prevention Coalition from 1986 to 1990 and board member of the National Institute of Corrections from 1986 to 1990. He has been a member of the National Drug Policy Board for the Enforcement Coordinating Group and the Coordinating Group for Drug Abuse Prevention and Health at The White House in Washington, D.C., from 1988 to 1989. Mr. Abell has lent his expertise as an adjunct faculty member for Delaware Law School from 1975 to 1977 and West Chester University in 1976.
Furthermore, Mr. Abell has served as chairman of the Fairfax resident council of the Fairfax Military Retirement Community in Fort Belvoir, VA, from 2016-2018. He has been a Commissioner with the President’s Commission on Agricultural Workers from 1988 to 1993, a member of the board of the Federal Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention from 1986 to 1990 and a board member of the President’s Task Force on Adoption from 1987 to 1988. He served as a member of the board of directors for the Young Americans for Freedom from 1979 to 1983, national chairman for the Young Republican National Federation in Washington, D.C., from 1979 to 1981, and a member on the executive committee for the Republican National Committee from 1979 to 1981. Mr. Abell has held the position of senior warden and member of the Vestry at the St. Andrew and St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Catholic Church in Alexandria, VA.
Recognized for his accomplishments, Mr. Abell has been the recipient of the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal in 2000. Recipient of the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism, the Air Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, all for his service in the U.S. Military from 1969 to 1971 from which he was retired for wounds received in combat. He has been recognized in multiple editions of Who’s Who In Finance and Business, Who’s Who In Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in American Politics, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in the World. He has been involved with the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem as well as the Order of Indian Wars of the United States. He has been affiliated with the General Society of Colonial Wars, the Society of the Cincinnati, the General Society Sons of the Revolution and the Aztec Club of 1847. Moreover, he holds membership with the General Society of the War of 1812. He has authored “Sojourns of a Patriot: Field and Prison Papers of An Unreconstructed Confederate” and co-authored “Peter Smith of Westmoreland County, Virginia (Died 1741) and Some Descendents” as well as authored over 60 legal and criminology articles.
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