Franklin Van Antwerpen

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Franklin Stuart Van Antwerpen
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
October 23, 2006 – July 25, 2016
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
May 24, 2004 – October 23, 2006
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Edward Roy Becker
Succeeded by Thomas I. Vanaskie
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
In office
December 9, 1987 – June 1, 2004
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Alfred Leopold Luongo
Succeeded by Thomas M. Golden
Personal details
Born Franklin Stuart Van Antwerpen
(1941-10-23)October 23, 1941
Passaic, New Jersey
Died July 25, 2016(2016-07-25) (aged 74)
Palmer Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Education University of Maine B.S.
Temple University Beasley School of Law J.D.

Franklin Stuart Van Antwerpen (October 23, 1941 – July 25, 2016) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He assumed senior status on October 23, 2006, on his 65th birthday, serving in that status until his death.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Passaic, New Jersey,[1] he attended Newark Academy, graduating in 1960.[2] Van Antwerpen studied at the University of Maine, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. He earned a Juris Doctor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Professional career[edit]

Before joining the federal bench, Van Antwerpen served as a state trial judge on the Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. Prior to that he had been in private practice in Easton, Pennsylvania, as well as serving as counsel for the Hazeltine Corporation and the Northampton County Legal Aid Society.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Van Antwerpen was appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan.[1]

On September 11, 1991, President George H. W. Bush nominated Van Antwerpen to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.[3] However, Van Antwerpen's nomination languished in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and it expired with the end of Bush's presidency. President Bill Clinton chose not to renominate Van Antwerpen to the Third Circuit.

Van Antwerpen again was nominated to the Third Circuit by President George W. Bush on November 21, 2003. He was confirmed [4] 96-0 by the United States Senate on May 20, 2004. "It's happened. We did it. And wow!" Van Antwerpen told a local newspaper after his confirmation vote.[5] He was succeeded at the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by Judge Thomas M. Golden.

Van Antwerpen assumed senior status in 2006 and served in that status until his death on July 25, 2016, in Palmer Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.[6] His seat on the Third Circuit was filled by Thomas I. Vanaskie in 2010.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Van Antwerpen, Franklin Stuart - Federal Judicial Center". 
  2. ^ Staff. "Newark Academy begins 215th year", Bernardsville News, September 8, 1988. Accessed March 30, 2016. "The speaker will be the Judge Franklin S. Van Antwerpen, a 1960 graduate of Newark Academy, who was recently appointed a U.S. District Judge by President Reagan."
  3. ^ "Statement of The Honorable Orrin Hatch.". judiciary.senate.gov. January 28, 2004. Archived from the original on September 22, 2008. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 108th Congress - 2nd Session". 
  5. ^ "Easton Judge Confirmed by Senate - Van Antwerpen gets appeals court seat after 13-year wait.". specter.senate.gov. May 21, 2004. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  6. ^ Miller, Rudy (July 25, 2016). "Federal judge from Palmer Township has died". www.lehighvalleylive.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Edward Roy Becker
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
2004–2006
Succeeded by
Thomas I. Vanaskie
Preceded by
Alfred Leopold Luongo
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1987–2004
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Golden