Peter T. Fay

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Peter T. Fay
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Assumed office
January 19, 1994
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
In office
October 1, 1981 – January 19, 1994
Appointed byoperation of law
Preceded bySeat established by 94 Stat. 1994
Succeeded byStanley Marcus
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
In office
September 21, 1976 – October 1, 1981
Appointed byGerald Ford
Preceded byDavid W. Dyer
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
In office
October 16, 1970 – October 8, 1976
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded bySeat established by 84 Stat. 294
Succeeded byWilliam Hoeveler
Personal details
BornPeter Thorpe Fay
(1929-01-18) January 18, 1929 (age 89)
Rochester, New York
EducationRollins College (B.A.)
Fredric G. Levin College of Law (J.D.)

Peter Thorpe Fay (born January 18, 1929) is an American lawyer and Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and previously was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Fay was born on January 18, 1929 in Rochester, New York. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951 from Rollins College. He served in the United States Air Force as a lieutenant from 1951 to 1953 before attending the Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1956. Fay was in private practice in Miami, Florida from 1956 to 1970. Fay practiced at Patton & Kanner in 1956, Nichols, Gaither, Green, Frates & Beckham from 1956 to 1961, and Frates, Fay, Floyd & Pearson from 1961 to 1970.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

President Richard Nixon nominated Fay to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on October 7, 1970, to a new seat created by 84 Stat. 294. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 13, 1970 and received his commission three days later. His service terminated on October 8, 1976, due to elevation to the Fifth Circuit.[3]

President Gerald Ford nominated Fay to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on June 11, 1976, to the seat vacated by Judge David W. Dyer. He was confirmed by the Senate on September 17, 1976 and received his commission four days later. Fay was reassigned to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, to a new seat authorized by 94 Stat. 1994, on October 1, 1981 by operation of law. He assumed senior status on January 19, 1994.[3]

Supreme Court consideration[edit]

On February 14, 2015, it was revealed in a New York Times article that potential Republican Party 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush lobbied his father, President George H. W. Bush in letter sent August 7, 1989, to appoint Fay to the Supreme Court of the United States.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States. Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Justices and Judges of the United States Courts. 2. The Office. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Biographies of Federal Court Judges Sitting in Florida" (PDF). lawdiary.com. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Peter Thorp Fay at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  4. ^ Wilson Andrews and Alicia Parlapiano (February 14, 2015). "Jeb Bush's Letters". The New York Times. Retrieved February 15, 2015.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 84 Stat. 294
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
1970–1976
Succeeded by
William Hoeveler
Preceded by
David W. Dyer
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
1976–1981
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat established by 94 Stat. 1994
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
1981–1994
Succeeded by
Stanley Marcus