Collins J. Seitz

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Collins J. Seitz
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
June 1, 1989 – October 16, 1998
Presiding Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review
In office
March 19, 1987 – March 18, 1994
Appointed byWilliam Rehnquist
Preceded byA. Leon Higginbotham Jr.
Succeeded byPaul Hitch Roney
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
May 31, 1971 – June 20, 1984
Preceded byWilliam H. Hastie
Succeeded byRuggero J. Aldisert
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
June 9, 1966 – June 1, 1989
Appointed byLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byJohn Biggs Jr.
Succeeded byJane Richards Roth
Personal details
BornCollins Jacques Seitz
(1914-06-20)June 20, 1914
Wilmington, Delaware
DiedOctober 16, 1998(1998-10-16) (aged 84)
Wilmington, Delaware
EducationUniversity of Delaware (A.B.)
University of Virginia School of Law (LL.B.)

Collins Jacques Seitz (June 20, 1914 – October 16, 1998) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Education and career[edit]

Born on June 20, 1914, in Wilmington, Delaware, Seitz received an Artium Baccalaureus degree in 1937 from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Laws in 1940 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He entered private practice in Wilmington from 1940 to 1946. He served as a Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery from 1946 to 1951. He served as a Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court from 1949 to 1951. He served as the Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery from 1951 to 1966.[1]

Notable chancery case[edit]

During his term as chancellor, Seitz presided over the Gebhart v. Belton case, which was later combined with several other cases into the Supreme Court of the United States decision in Brown v. Board of Education.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Seitz was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson on February 28, 1966, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated by Judge John Biggs Jr. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 9, 1966, and received his commission on June 9, 1966. He served as Chief Judge from 1971 to 1984. He was a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1971 to 1984. He assumed senior status on June 1, 1989. His service terminated on October 16, 1998, due to his death in Wilmington.[1]

Personal[edit]

Seitz's daughter, Virginia A. Seitz, is a well-known attorney at the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice.[citation needed] Seitz's son, Collins J. Seitz Jr., is justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. C.J. Seitz was a founding partner at the Delaware law firm of Seitz Ross Aronstam & Moritz.[3] A brother John F. R. Seitz was a career United States Army officer who served as a colonel in World War II and retired at the grade of major general.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Collins Jacques Seitz at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (1998). "Judge Collins Seitz Dies at 84; Refuted Segregation in Schools". New York Times. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Collins J. Seitz, Jr". Archived from the original on March 23, 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2016.

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Preceded by
John Biggs Jr.
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1966–1989
Succeeded by
Jane Richards Roth
Preceded by
William H. Hastie
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1971–1984
Succeeded by
Ruggero J. Aldisert
Preceded by
A. Leon Higginbotham Jr.
Presiding Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review
1987–1994
Succeeded by
Paul Hitch Roney