Frank D. Wagner

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Frank Douglas Wagner (August 6, 1945 – August 28, 2016) was the 15th Reporter of Decisions of the United States Supreme Court, serving from 1987 to 2010.

Wagner was born in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. He received his A.B. in English from Cornell University in 1967 and his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law in 1970. After practicing law in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, he was a legal editor with the Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company in Rochester, New York, and later with the Research Institute of America in Washington, DC, editing publications on federal law.[1]

During his tenure as Reporter of Decisions, Wagner was responsible for 82 volumes of the U.S. Reports, more than any previous Reporter.[2] He also led the team that created the Supreme Court's first website,[3] and co-chaired the committee that wrote the Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions’ influential position paper on "official" on-line documents.[4]

Wagner retired as Reporter of Decisions in 2010, and was succeeded by Christine Luchok Fallon. He died on August 28, 2016, at the age of 71.[5]


  1. ^ See Frank D. Wagner, Official Law Reporting at the U.S. Supreme Court, in Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Official Law Reporting 40 (2004), pp. 40–49; id., at 114 [1].
  2. ^ See October Term 2009 S. Ct. J. 1030 [2].
  3. ^ Wagner, supra, at 48.
  4. ^ [3].
  5. ^ Tony Mauro, "Remembering Frank Wagner, Who Helped the Supreme Court Go Digital", National Law Journal Supreme Court Brief, Sept. 14, 2016, available at [4].
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Preceded by
Henry Curtis Lind
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Succeeded by
Christine Luchok Fallon