Ruggero J. Aldisert

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Ruggero J. Aldisert
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
December 31, 1986 – December 28, 2014
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
1984–1986
Preceded byCollins J. Seitz
Succeeded byJohn Joseph Gibbons
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
July 29, 1968 – December 31, 1986
Appointed byLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byAustin Leander Staley
Succeeded byAnthony Joseph Scirica
Personal details
BornRuggero John Aldisert
(1919-11-10)November 10, 1919
Carnegie, Pennsylvania
DiedDecember 28, 2014(2014-12-28) (aged 95)
Santa Barbara, California
EducationUniversity of Pittsburgh (B.A.)
University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D.)

Ruggero John Aldisert (November 10, 1919 – December 28, 2014) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Education and career[edit]

Born November 10, 1919, in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, Aldisert received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1941 from the University of Pittsburgh and a Juris Doctor in 1947 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He served as a United States Marine Corps Major from 1942 to 1946. He entered private practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1947 to 1961. He was a Judge of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County from 1961 to 1968. He was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law from 1963 to 1986.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Aldisert was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 17, 1968, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated by Judge Austin Leander Staley. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 29, 1968, and received his commission on July 29, 1968. He was a board member of the Federal Judicial Center from 1972 to 1979. He served as Chief Judge and as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1984 to 1986. He assumed senior status on December 31, 1986.[1] Aldisert stopped hearing cases in August 2014 after 46 years on the bench. His service terminated on December 28, 2014, due to his death in Santa Barbara, California.[2][3]

Writings[edit]

Aldisert wrote a memoir and several books on jurisprudence and law practice, including The Judicial Process (West 2nd. ed. 1996), Logic for Lawyers: A Guide to Clear Legal Thinking (NITA 3rd ed. 1997), Winning on Appeal (NITA 2nd ed. 2003), Opinion Writing (West 2nd. ed. 2009) and A Judge's Advice: 50 Years on the Bench (CAP Press 2011).[citation needed]

Notable case[edit]

Aldisert wrote a dissenting opinion in FAIR v. Rumsfeld, 390 F.3d 219 (2004), a high-profile case challenging the Solomon Amendment, a federal law that denies federal funding to colleges and universities that prohibit on-campus recruiting by the military.[citation needed] The majority opinion enjoined enforcement of the law on First Amendment grounds.[citation needed] Aldisert's dissenting view was ultimately vindicated by the United States Supreme Court, which granted certiorari in the case and unanimously reversed the Third Circuit and upheld the validity of the Solomon Amendment.[citation needed]

Honors[edit]

In 2005 Aldisert became the first recipient of the "Distinguished Appellate Jurist Award", bestowed by the American Bar Association's Council of Appellate Lawyers. In 2008 Aldisert received the Legal Writing Institute's "Golden Pen Award."[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruggero John Aldisert at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b "Respected former circuit court judge with Carnegie roots dies". December 30, 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Ruggero J. Aldisert - Respected federal judge who trained fellow jurists". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 31, 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2015.

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Preceded by
Austin Leander Staley
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1968–1986
Succeeded by
Anthony Joseph Scirica
Preceded by
Collins J. Seitz
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1984–1986
Succeeded by
John Joseph Gibbons