Marjorie Rendell

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Midge Rendell
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Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Assumed office
July 1, 2015
First Lady of Pennsylvania
In role
January 21, 2003 – January 18, 2011
Governor Ed Rendell
Preceded by Katherine Schweiker
Succeeded by Susan Corbett
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
September 29, 1997 – July 1, 2015
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by William D. Hutchinson
Succeeded by Stephanos Bibas
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
In office
February 11, 1994 – November 20, 1997
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Louis Charles Bechtle
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Personal details
Born Marjorie Osterlund
(1947-02-13) February 13, 1947 (age 70)
Wilmington, Delaware
Spouse(s) Ed Rendell (1971–2011)
Domestic partner Arthur Tilson (2017 - )
Education University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)
Villanova University School of Law (J.D.)

Marjorie "Midge" Osterlund Rendell (born February 13, 1947) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and a former First Lady of Pennsylvania.[1] In 2003, she was named to the PoliticsPA list of "Pennsylvania's Most Politically Powerful Women".[2]

Personal background[edit]

Rendell was born in Wilmington, Delaware.[3] Her father was employed as a DuPont executive and she attended Ursuline Academy.

She married Ed Rendell, a future Governor of Pennsylvania, in 1971. On January 21, 2003, Judge Rendell administered the oath of office to her husband after he won the gubernatorial election in November 2002. During her husband's campaigns for mayor and governor, Rendell was barred by the federal judicial ethics code from publicly campaigning on his behalf, as well as from taking part in some fundraisers. On February 7, 2011, a joint email from the couple announced that they had amicably separated.[4] They have one adult son, Jesse.[5] On September 6, 2016, Ed Rendell announced the couple had filed for amicable divorce.[6]

Professional background[edit]

Private practice[edit]

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and a Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law in 1973.[3] Afterward, she practiced as an attorney for 20 years as a partner at the Philadelphia firm of Duane, Morris & Heckscher, where she focused her practice on bankruptcy and commercial litigation. She also served as a mediator for the United States District Court.[1]

While in private practice, Rendell experienced sexism originating from both her clients and cohorts. At times, she was called "honey" by her male colleagues and would hide or downplay the existence of her then young son.[7]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Rendell was nominated by President Bill Clinton on November 19, 1993, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania vacated by Judge Louis C. Bechtle. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 10, 1994, and received commission on February 11, 1994. Her service terminated on November 20, 1997, due to elevation to the Third Circuit.[3]

Rendell was nominated by President Clinton on January 7, 1997, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated by Judge William D. Hutchinson. She was confirmed by the Senate on September 26, 1997, and received commission on September 29, 1997. She assumed senior status on July 1, 2015.[8][3]

Notable case[edit]

In 2008, Rendell served as a part of a three-judge panel that overturned the Federal Communications Commission's indecency fine against CBS related to Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson's infamous 2004 Super Bowl 'wardrobe malfunction'.[9]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 1993, Rendell founded and managed Avenue of the Arts, Inc., whose purpose was to develop Philadelphia's Broad Street into a world-class artistic venue. She currently serves as one of the members of the board of directors.[10] She is also a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c [1] "Biography of Hon. Marjorie O. Rendell," Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, last accessed Oct. 31, 2010
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania's Most Politically Powerful Women". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2001. Archived from the original on 2004-02-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Rendell, Marjorie O. - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  4. ^ "Ex-Gov. Rendell Splits With Wife After 40 Years Of Marriage". 
  5. ^ [2] "Midge Rendell: In a class by herself," Daily Pennsylvanian, June 12, 2003
  6. ^ "Archives - Philly.com". 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2010-10-31. "Federal Judge Marjorie Rendell Tells Penn Law Women about the 'Dark Ages for Women in the Law'," Penn Law News, June 3, 2009
  8. ^ Bull, John M.R. (November 10, 2002). "Rendell's wife couldn't campaign because she's a federal judge". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  9. ^ [3][permanent dead link]"Court tosses FCC 'wardrobe malfunction' fine," New York Daily News, July 21st 2008
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Louis Charles Bechtle
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1994–1997
Seat abolished
Preceded by
William D. Hutchinson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1997–2015
Succeeded by
Stephanos Bibas
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Katherine Schweiker
First Lady of Pennsylvania
2003–2011
Succeeded by
Susan Corbett