Richard P. Nockett, 57; Department of Justice Trial Lawyer

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Richard P. Nockett, 57, a trial lawyer with the Department of Justice, died March 1 of a pulmonary embolism at his home in Rockville.

From 1987 until his death, Mr. Nockett served in the Justice Department's civil division representing the United States in civil litigation involving trials and appellate cases before the federal courts.

Mr. Nockett was born in New York City and grew up in the Washington area. He attended Richard Montgomery and Good Counsel high schools before joining the Army in 1968 and serving as specialist fifth class until 1971.

He graduated from the University of Maryland with honors in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in English education and in 1979 with a bachelor's in business and management. In 1982, he graduated from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.

During his studies at Catholic, Mr. Nockett was a legal intern and research assistant at the Columbus Community Legal Services Clinic. From 1984 to 1985, he served a judicial clerkship in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia under Judge John F. Doyle. From 1985 to 1987, he served as law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Norma L. Halloway Johnson.

Mr. Nockett, who had a passion for the outdoors, loved spending his time hiking and with his family. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Rockville.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, E. Corrinne Nockett of Rockville; two children, Walter John Nockett and Katherine Faye Nockett, both of Rockville; and a sister, Patricia K. Baker of North Potomac.

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