Ruggero J. Aldisert
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|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit|
June 1984 – December 31, 1986
|Preceded by||Collins Seitz|
|Succeeded by||John Gibbons|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit|
July 29, 1968 – December 31, 1986
|Appointed by||Lyndon Johnson|
|Preceded by||Austin Staley|
|Succeeded by||Anthony Scirica|
November 10, 1919|
Carnegie, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||December 28, 2014
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Pittsburgh|
Ruggero John Aldisert (November 10, 1919 – December 28, 2014) was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, Aldisert graduated as a bachelor of arts from the University of Pittsburgh in 1941. He served during World War II as a Major in the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946 and earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1947. He was also the National President of Italian Sons and Daughters of America from 1954 to 1968. He entered private law practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1947 and achieved national prominence from 1951 to 1956 as co-defense counsel to Aldo Icardi in The Holohan Murder Case. He became a judge on the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County in 1962 and was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to be judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1968. He became Chief Judge from 1984 to 1986, assuming senior status in 1986.
Aldisert was an adjunct professor at University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He wrote a memoir and several books on jurisprudence and law practice, including The Judicial Process (West 2nd. ed. 1996), Logic for Lawyers: A Guide to Clear Legal Thinking (NITA 3rd ed. 1997), Winning on Appeal (NITA 2nd ed. 2003), Opinion Writing (West 2nd. ed. 2009) and A Judge's Advice: 50 Years on the Bench (CAP Press 2011).
Aldisert wrote a dissenting opinion in FAIR v. Rumsfeld, 390 F.3d 219 (2004), a high-profile case challenging the Solomon Amendment, a federal law that denies federal funding to colleges and universities that prohibit on-campus recruiting by the military. The majority opinion enjoined enforcement of the law on First Amendment grounds. Aldisert's dissenting view was ultimately vindicated by the United States Supreme Court, which granted certiorari in the case and unanimously reversed the Third Circuit and upheld the validity of the Solomon Amendment.
In 2005 Aldisert became the first recipient of the "Distinguished Appellate Jurist Award", bestowed by the American Bar Association's Council of Appellate Lawyers. In 2008 Aldisert received the Legal Writing Institute's "Golden Pen Award." Aldisert retired from the Third Circuit in August 2014 after 46 years on the bench. He died in December 2014.
- "Respected former circuit court judge with Carnegie roots dies". Retrieved 30 December 2014.
- "Ruggero J. Aldisert - Respected federal judge who trained fellow jurists". Retrieved 27 January 2015.
- Ruggero J. Aldisert at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit