Jane Richards Roth

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Jane Richards Roth
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Assumed office
May 31, 2006
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
July 2, 1991 – May 31, 2006
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Collins J. Seitz
Succeeded by Kent A. Jordan
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
In office
November 1, 1985 – July 22, 1991
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Walter King Stapleton
Succeeded by Sue Lewis Robinson
Personal details
Born (1935-06-16) June 16, 1935 (age 83)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Spouse(s) William V. Roth Jr.
Education Smith College (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (LL.B.)

Jane Richards Roth (born June 16, 1935) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

Education and career[edit]

Roth was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in 1956. She received a Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1965.[1] She served as a typist and administrative assistant in the Foreign Service of the United States Department of State from 1956 to 1962. She was stationed in Tehran, Iran from 1957 to 1959. She was stationed in Salisbury, Rhodesia in 1960. She was stationed in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo from 1960 to 1962.

She was in private practice of law in Wilmington, Delaware from 1965 to 1985, with the law firm of Richards, Layton & Finger.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Roth was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on October 16, 1985, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware vacated by Judge Walter King Stapleton.[3] She was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 1, 1985, and received commission on November 4, 1985. Her service was terminated on July 22, 1991, due to elevation to the Third Circuit.[2]

Roth was nominated by President George H. W. Bush on May 16, 1991, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated by Judge Collins J. Seitz. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 27, 1991, and received commission on July 2, 1991. She assumed senior status on May 31, 2006.[2]

View of Nomination[edit]

When asked about the nomination and whether she felt that her husbands support at the time was beneficial, Roth stated; "I believe if I were not qualified his recommendation would make no difference..." and that the fact that she was a woman and the Reagan administration was looking for more women judges was more advantageous.[3]

Personal[edit]

Her husband was the late Delaware Senator William V. Roth, Jr. They had two children, Katharine K. Roth and William V. Roth III[4].

Honor[edit]

Roth was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women in 2013.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gaza, Anne Shea (September 2017). "Hon. Jane Richards Roth, Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit" (PDF). The Federal Lawyer: 30–34. 
  2. ^ a b c "Roth, Jane Richards - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  3. ^ a b Kurtz, Howard (1985-05-24). "Sen. Roth's Wife Picked To Be a Federal Judge". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-05-28. 
  4. ^ Wald, Matthew L. (December 15, 2003). "William V. Roth Jr., Veteran of U.S. Senate, Dies at 82". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 27 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "Four Delaware Women to Be Honored at March 21 Event". Delaware Commission for Women. March 5, 2013. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Walter King Stapleton
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
1985–1991
Succeeded by
Sue Lewis Robinson
Preceded by
Collins J. Seitz
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1991–2006
Succeeded by
Kent A. Jordan