Donald Emil Ziegler
|Donald Emil Ziegler|
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania|
October 1, 2001 – May 31, 2003
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania|
|Preceded by||Gustave Diamond|
|Succeeded by||D. Brooks Smith|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania|
May 2, 1978 – October 1, 2001
|Appointed by||Jimmy Carter|
|Preceded by||Rabe Ferguson Marsh, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Terrence F. McVerry|
|Born||Donald Emil Ziegler
1936 (age 80–81)
|Education||Duquesne University B.A.
Georgetown University Law Center LL.B.
Donald Emil Ziegler (born 1936) was a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Education and career
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ziegler received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duquesne University in 1958, and a Bachelor of Laws from Georgetown University Law Center in 1961, where he was a member of the Law Review. He was in private practice in Pittsburgh from 1962 to 1974. He served as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, from 1974 to 1978.
District court service
On March 22, 1978, Ziegler was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania vacated by Judge Rabe Ferguson Marsh, Jr.. Ziegler was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 1, 1978, and received his commission the following day. He served as Chief Judge from 1994 to 2001. He assumed senior status on October 1, 2001, serving in that capacity until his retirement from the bench on May 31, 2003. Ziegler served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States for three years, and the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit for seven years. Ziegler received the Hon. Joseph F. Weis, Jr., Distinguished Service Award from the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; the Liberty Watch Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and the Thomas More Award from the St. Thomas More Society of Western Pennsylvania. The judge was honored by Duquesne University in 1978 with the distinguished Century Club award as one of the 100 outstanding graduates of the University during its first century. Ziegler served in the United States Air Force and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.
- Donald Emil Ziegler at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
D. Brooks Smith
Rabe Ferguson Marsh, Jr.
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Terrence F. McVerry