Franklin Van Antwerpen
|Franklin Van Antwerpen|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit|
May 24, 2004 – October 23, 2006
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Edward Becker|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Vanaskie|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania|
December 9, 1987 – May 24, 2004
|Appointed by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||Alfred Luongo|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Golden|
October 23, 1941 |
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Maine, Orono
Franklin Stuart Van Antwerpen (born October 23, 1941) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He assumed senior status on October 23, 2006, on his 65th birthday.
Early life and education
Before joining the federal bench, Van Antwerpen served as a state trial judge on the Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. Prior to that he had been in private practice in Easton, Pennsylvania, as well as serving as counsel for the Hazeltine Corporation and the Northampton County Legal Aid Society.
Federal judicial service
Van Antwerpen was appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan.
On September 11, 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated Van Antwerpen to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. However, Van Antwerpen's nomination languished in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and it expired with the end of Bush's presidency. President Bill Clinton chose not to renominate Van Antwerpen to the Third Circuit.
Van Antwerpen again was nominated to the Third Circuit by President George W. Bush on November 21, 2003. He was confirmed () 96-0 by the United States Senate on May 20, 2004. "It's happened. We did it. And wow!" Van Antwerpen told a local newspaper after his confirmation vote. He was succeeded at the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by Judge Thomas M. Golden.
Van Antwerpen assumed senior status in 2006. His seat on the Third Circuit was filled by Thomas I. Vanaskie in 2010.
- Van Antwerpen, Franklin Stuart, Federal Judicial Center. Accessed June 2, 2008.
- Franklin Van Antwerpen at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center..
- U.S. Justice Department Profile
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit