Anthony Joseph Scirica

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Anthony Scirica
Anthony J. Scirica Circuit Judge.jpg
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
May 4, 2003 – May 6, 2010
Preceded by Edward Becker
Succeeded by Theodore McKee
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
August 6, 1987 – July 1, 2013
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Ruggero Aldisert
Succeeded by Vacant
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
In office
September 18, 1984 – August 6, 1987
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by John Hannum
Succeeded by Lowell Reed
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 148th district
In office
January 5, 1971 – January 7, 1980
Preceded by Joseph Torak
Succeeded by Lois Hagarty
Personal details
Born (1940-12-16) December 16, 1940 (age 73)
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Wesleyan University
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Anthony Joseph Scirica is a senior judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Early life and Education[edit]

Born December 16, 1940 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Scirica graduated from Wesleyan University in 1962 and received his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 1965.

Legal Career[edit]

Prior to his appointment to the federal bench in 1984, he practiced law in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, serving as an assistant district attorney, and was elected to the Court of Common Pleas. Scirica also served as a State Representative in the Pennsylvania General Assembly from 1971 to 1979. Scirica was a Republican representing parts of Montgomery County.

Judicial Appointments[edit]

In 1984, Scirica was appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He was elevated to the Court of Appeals in 1987. He became Chief Judge in 2003 when then-Chief Judge Edward Roy Becker assumed senior status. Scirica assumed senior status on July 1, 2013 following his appointment as a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Notable Activities[edit]

In 1994, Scirica was elected to the American Law Institute and was elected to the ALI Council in May 2011.[1]

In 2008, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court named Judge Scirica to be chairman of the executive committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Notable Cases[edit]

Scirica wrote a dissent in the Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC case. He authored the unanimous opinion in the Winer Family Trust v. Queen private securities fraud class action.

His former law clerks include Gregory G. Garre, a former-United States Solicitor General, and Magistrate Judge Timothy Rice.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
John Hannum
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1984–1987
Succeeded by
Lowell Reed
Preceded by
Ruggero Aldisert
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1987–2013
Vacant
Preceded by
Edward Becker
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
2003–2010
Succeeded by
Theodore McKee