Anthony Joseph Scirica

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Anthony Scirica
Anthony J. Scirica Circuit Judge.jpg
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Assumed office
July 1, 2013
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
May 4, 2003 – May 6, 2010
Preceded byEdward Roy Becker
Succeeded byTheodore McKee
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
August 6, 1987 – July 1, 2013
Appointed byRonald Reagan
Preceded byRuggero J. Aldisert
Succeeded byLuis Felipe Restrepo
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
In office
September 18, 1984 – September 11, 1987
Appointed byRonald Reagan
Preceded byJohn Berne Hannum
Succeeded byLowell A. Reed Jr.
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 148th district
In office
January 5, 1971 – January 7, 1980
Preceded byJoseph Torak
Succeeded byLois Sherman Hagarty
Personal details
Born
Anthony Joseph Scirica

(1940-12-16) December 16, 1940 (age 78)
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican
EducationWesleyan University (B.A.)
University of Michigan Law School (J.D.)

Anthony Joseph Scirica (born December 16, 1940) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Education and career[edit]

Scirica was born on December 16, 1940, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in 1962. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1965. He was a Fulbright scholar at Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela in 1966. He was in private practice of law in Norristown from 1966 to 1980. He was an assistant district attorney of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania from 1967 to 1969. He was a Republican Pennsylvania State Representative from 1971 to 1979. He was a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas, Montgomery County from 1980 to 1984.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Scirica was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on June 19, 1984, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania vacated by Judge John Berne Hannum. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 17, 1984, and received commission on September 18, 1984. His service was terminated on September 11, 1987, due to elevation to the Third Circuit.[1]

Scirica was nominated by President Reagan on June 26, 1987, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated by Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 5, 1987, and received commission on August 6, 1987. He served as Chief Judge from 2003 to 2010. He took senior status on July 1, 2013.[1]

Notable activities[edit]

In 1994, Scirica was elected to the American Law Institute and was elected to the ALI Council in May 2011.[2]

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

In 2011, Scirica was elected to the Council of the American Law Institute.[2] He currently chairs an ALI Regional Advisory Group, coordinating the efforts to identify and nominate new members.

Scirica joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School in July 2013 as a Senior Fellow.[3]

Scirica is a member of the Knight Foundation's Philadelphia Community Advisory Committee[4].

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. He authored In re Resorts Int'l,Inc. a seminal decision regarding the scope of bankruptcy subject matter jurisdiction after a company that was in chapter 11 emerges from bankruptcy. [5]Scirica wrote the opinion for the unanimous Third Circuit panel affirming, for the most part, the convictions of Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly for their roles in the closure of Fort Lee access lanes to the George Washington Bridge for political reasons, in what came to be known as the Bridgegate scandal.[6]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Scirica, Anthony Joseph - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  2. ^ a b "American Law Institute - Officers and Council". Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "Federal Judge Anthony J. Scirica appointed to Penn Law faculty". University of Pennsylvania. February 27, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "Knight Foundation: Philadelphia".
  5. ^ 372 F.3d 154 (3rd Cir. 2004)
  6. ^ https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/baroni-kelly.pdf

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Legal offices
Preceded by
John Berne Hannum
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1984–1987
Succeeded by
Lowell A. Reed Jr.
Preceded by
Ruggero J. Aldisert
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1987–2013
Succeeded by
Luis Felipe Restrepo
Preceded by
Edward Roy Becker
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
2003–2010
Succeeded by
Theodore McKee