Richard Lowell Nygaard

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Richard 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
In office
October 17, 1988 – July 9, 2005
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Joseph F. Weis Jr.
Succeeded by Thomas Hardiman
Personal details
Born Richard Lowell Nygaard
(1940-07-09) July 9, 1940 (age 78)
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[edit]

Nygaard was born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, on July 9, 1940.[1] 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.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

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.[2]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Joseph F. Weis Jr.
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1988–2005
Succeeded by
Thomas Hardiman