Richard W. Vitaris received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1977. He received his J.D., with highest honors, from Rutgers University School of Law—Camden in 1980 and an LL.M. in Labor Law from The George Washington University National Law Center in 1983. Rich has served his entire career with the federal government. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army with The Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1980 to 1988. After leaving active duty, Rich served as Labor Counselor for the Army from 1988 to 1991. In 1991, he was selected for his current position as an Administrative Judge with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. He has completed the MSPB's Senior Management Fellows Program, during which he served a six-month detail assignment as Deputy Managing Counsel of the Law Department for the U.S. Postal Service's Southeast Area. He writes and speaks extensively on MSPB Practice and Procedure, and he is a mediator with the MSPB's Mediation Appeals Program.
In his spare time, Judge Vitaris is Secretary of the Braves 400 Fan Club, the Official fan club of the Atlanta Braves. He also is an active member of the Sherlock Holmes Club of Georgia, a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars. Last, but not least, he has served as a judge for the Suzi Bass Awards for the past three years.