Richard Lowell Nygaard
|Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit|
|Assumed office |
July 9, 2005
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit|
October 17, 1988 – July 9, 2005
|Appointed by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||Joseph F. Weis Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Hardiman|
Richard Lowell Nygaard
July 9, 1940
Thief River Falls, Minnesota
|Education||University of Southern California (B.S.)|
University of Michigan Law School (J.D.)
Richard Lowell Nygaard (born July 9, 1940) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Education and career
Nygaard was born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, on July 9, 1940. He received a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1969 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1971. He was a Petty Officer Second Class in the United States Naval Reserve from 1958 to 1964. He was in private practice in North East, Pennsylvania from 1972 to 1980. He was a judge on the Court of Common Pleas, Sixth District of Pennsylvania, Erie, Pennsylvania from 1981 to 1988.
Federal judicial service
Nygaard was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on May 25, 1988, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated when Judge Joseph F. Weis Jr. assumed senior status. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 14, 1988, and received his commission on October 17, 1988. He assumed senior status on July 9, 2005. In 2017, Judge Nygaard partially dissented when the majority, granted qualified immunity to police officers who prevented bystanders from recording video of them.
- Confirmation Hearings on Federal Appointments. 1989. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
- "Nygaard, Richard Lowell - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- Note, Recent Case: Third Circuit Holds Bystanders Have First Amendment Right to Record Police but Grants Qualified Immunity to Officers Involved, 131 Harv. L. Rev. 2049 (2018).
- Richard Lowell Nygaard at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Joseph F. Weis Jr.
| Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit