Sean J. McLaughlin
|Sean J. McLaughlin|
|District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania|
October 13, 1994 – August 16, 2013
|Nominated by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Glenn E. Mencer|
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania|
April 25, 2013 – August 16, 2013
|Preceded by||Gary L. Lancaster|
|Succeeded by||Joy Flowers Conti|
January 4, 1955 |
|Alma mater||Georgetown University|
Sean J. McLaughlin (January 4, 1955) is a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, McLaughlin received an Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University in 1977, followed by a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1980. He served as a law clerk for three different judges on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania—William W. Knox, in 1980; Gerald Joseph Weber, in 1980-1981; and Maurice Blanchard Cohill, in 1981. McLaughlin then entered private practice until 1994.
He was nominated by President Bill Clinton on August 12, 1994, to a seat on the same court where he had clerked, which had been vacated by Glenn E. Mencer. McLaughlin was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 7, 1994, and sworn in on October 13, 1994. Among the more notable cases presided over by McLaughlin was the criminal conviction of the conspirators in the murder of Brian Douglas Wells. He became Chief Judge on April 25, 2013, upon the sudden death of former Chief Judge Gary L. Lancaster. McLaughlin resigned in 2013 after being hired as General Counsel and Vice President of the Erie Insurance Group, with his final day on the bench being August 16, 2013.
- "Biography of Judge Sean J. McLaughlin". United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- Palattella, Ed (December 4, 2008). "Barnes gets 45 years: Co-defendant in Wells case apologizes". Erie Times-News. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
- Thompson, Lisa (August 3, 2013). "Erie Indemnity announces McLaughlin hiring, incentive plan". Erie Times-News. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- Sean J. McLaughlin at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Glenn E. Mencer
|Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
October 11, 1994 – August 16, 2013
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