United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
(E.D. Pa.)
Seal of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.png
Eastern District of Pennsylvania (map).svg
Location James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse
Appeals to Third Circuit
Established April 20, 1818
Judges assigned 22
Chief Judge Juan Ramon Sanchez
Officers of the court
U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain
www.paed.uscourts.gov
The James A. Byrne Courthouse in Philadelphia

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (in case citations, E.D. Pa.) is one of the original 13 federal judiciary districts created by the Judiciary Act of 1789. It originally sat in Independence Hall in Philadelphia as the United States District Court for the District of Pennsylvania, and is now located at the James Byrne Courthouse at 601 Market Street in Philadelphia. There are Eastern District federal courtrooms in Philadelphia, Allentown, Reading, and Easton.

The Court's jurisdiction includes Philadelphia, as well as Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties. The district is a part of the Third Circuit, and appeals are taken to that Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The current Chief Judge for the Eastern Pennsylvania District Court is Judge Juan Ramon Sanchez.

The people in the district are represented by the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, currently William M. McSwain.

History[edit]

The United States District Court for the District of Pennsylvania was one of the original 13 courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, 1 Stat. 73, on September 24, 1789.[1][2] It was subdivided on April 20, 1818, by 3 Stat. 462,[1][2] into the Eastern and Western Districts to be headquartered in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, respectively.[1] Portions of these districts were subsequently subdivided into the Middle District on March 2, 1901, by 31 Stat. 880.[2] At the time of its initial subdivision, presiding judge Richard Peters Jr. was reassigned to only the Eastern District.

Current judges[edit]

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has 22 authorized judgeships, filled by judges appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. In addition, numerous judges who have taken senior status continue to hear cases.

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
87 Chief Judge Juan Ramon Sanchez Philadelphia 1955 2004–present 2018–present G.W. Bush
76 District Judge Petrese B. Tucker Philadelphia 1951 2000–present 2013–2017 Clinton
80 District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe Philadelphia 1948 2002–present G.W. Bush
82 District Judge Timothy J. Savage Philadelphia 1946 2002–present G.W. Bush
84 District Judge Gene E. K. Pratter Philadelphia 1949 2004–present G.W. Bush
86 District Judge Paul S. Diamond Philadelphia 1953 2004–present G.W. Bush
89 District Judge Joel Harvey Slomsky Philadelphia 1946 2008–present G.W. Bush
90 District Judge C. Darnell Jones II Philadelphia 1949 2008–present G.W. Bush
91 District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg Philadelphia 1959 2008–present G.W. Bush
92 District Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro Philadelphia 1951 2013–present Obama
94 District Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl Reading 1955 2013–present Obama
95 District Judge Gerald Austin McHugh Jr. Philadelphia 1954 2014–present Obama
96 District Judge Edward G. Smith Easton 1961 2014–present Obama
97 District Judge Wendy Beetlestone Philadelphia 1961 2014–present Obama
98 District Judge Mark A. Kearney Philadelphia 1962 2014–present Obama
99 District Judge Jerry Pappert Philadelphia 1963 2014–present Obama
100 District Judge Joseph F. Leeson Jr. Allentown 1955 2014–present Obama
101 District Judge vacant
102 District Judge vacant
103 District Judge vacant
104 District Judge vacant
105 District Judge vacant
39 Senior Judge John William Ditter Jr. Philadelphia 1921 1970–1986 1986–present Nixon
41 Senior Judge Donald West VanArtsdalen inactive 1919 1970–1985 1985–present Nixon
58 Senior Judge Robert F. Kelly Philadelphia 1935 1987–2001 2001–present Reagan
61 Senior Judge Lowell A. Reed Jr. inactive 1930 1988–1999 1999–present Reagan
62 Senior Judge Jan E. DuBois Philadelphia 1931 1988–2002 2002–present Reagan
65 Senior Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter inactive 1936 1990–2003 2003–present G.H.W. Bush
66 Senior Judge Harvey Bartle III Philadelphia 1941 1991–2011 2006–2011 2011–present G.H.W. Bush
68 Senior Judge William H. Yohn Jr. inactive 1935 1991–2003 2003–present G.H.W. Bush
69 Senior Judge John R. Padova Philadelphia 1935 1992–2008 2008–present G.H.W. Bush
70 Senior Judge J. Curtis Joyner Philadelphia 1948 1992–2013 2011–2013 2013–present G.H.W. Bush
71 Senior Judge Eduardo C. Robreno Philadelphia 1945 1992–2013 2013–present G.H.W. Bush
72 Senior Judge Anita B. Brody Philadelphia 1935 1992–2009 2009–present G.H.W. Bush
75 Senior Judge Mary A. McLaughlin inactive 1946 2000–2013 2013–present Clinton
77 Senior Judge Berle M. Schiller Philadelphia 1944 2000–2012 2012–present Clinton
78 Senior Judge Richard Barclay Surrick Philadelphia 1937 2000–2011 2011–present Clinton
79 Senior Judge Legrome D. Davis inactive 1952 2002–2017 2017–present G.W. Bush
81 Senior Judge Michael M. Baylson Philadelphia 1939 2002–2012 2012–present G.W. Bush

Vacancies and pending nominations[edit]

Seat Seat Last Held By Vacancy Reason Date of Vacancy Nominee Date of Nomination
12 Mary A. McLaughlin Senior Status November 18, 2013 John Milton Younge July 17, 2018
27 Luis Felipe Restrepo Elevated January 11, 2016 Chad F. Kenney December 20, 2017
5 James Knoll Gardner Senior Status April 3, 2017 Joshua Wolson May 15, 2018
23 Legrome D. Davis September 28, 2017
15 Lawrence F. Stengel Retirement August 31, 2018
10 Joel Harvey Slomsky Senior Status October 9, 2018[3]

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
termination
1 Richard Peters Jr. PA 1744–1828 1818–1828 Washington death
2 Joseph Hopkinson PA 1770–1842 1828–1842[4] J.Q. Adams death
3 Archibald Randall PA 1797–1846 1842–1846 Tyler death
4 John K. Kane PA 1795–1858 1846–1858 Polk death
5 John Cadwalader PA 1805–1879 1858–1879 Buchanan death
6 William Butler PA 1822–1909 1879–1899 Hayes retirement
7 John Bayard McPherson PA 1846–1919 1899–1912 McKinley appointment to 3d Cir.
8 James Buchanan Holland PA 1857–1914 1904–1914 T. Roosevelt death
9 Joseph Whitaker Thompson PA 1861–1946 1912–1931 Taft appointment to 3d Cir.
10 Oliver Booth Dickinson PA 1857–1939 1914–1939 Wilson death
11 Charles Louis McKeehan PA 1876–1925 1923–1925 Harding death
12 William Huntington Kirkpatrick PA 1885–1970 1927–1958 1948–1958 1958–1970 Coolidge death
13 George Austin Welsh PA 1878–1970 1932–1957 1957–1970 Hoover death
14 Albert Branson Maris PA 1893–1989 1936–1938 F. Roosevelt appointment to 3d Cir.
15 Harry Ellis Kalodner PA 1896–1977 1938–1946[5] F. Roosevelt appointment to 3d Cir.
16 Guy K. Bard PA 1895–1953 1939–1952[6] F. Roosevelt resignation
17 James Cullen Ganey PA 1899–1972 1940–1961 1958–1961 F. Roosevelt appointment to 3d Cir.
18 Frederick Voris Follmer PA 1885–1971 1946–1955 Truman seat abolished
19 James P. McGranery PA 1895–1962 1946–1952 Truman resignation
20 Thomas James Clary PA 1899–1977 1949–1969[7] 1961–1969 1969–1977 Truman death
21 Allan Kuhn Grim PA 1904–1965 1949–1961[8] 1961–1965 Truman death
22 John Whitaker Lord Jr. PA 1901–1972 1954–1971 1969–1971 1971–1972 Eisenhower death
23 Francis Lund Van Dusen PA 1912–1993 1955–1967 Eisenhower appointment to 3d Cir.
24 Charles William Kraft Jr. PA 1903–2002 1955–1970[9] 1970–2002 Eisenhower death
25 Thomas C. Egan PA 1894–1961 1957–1961 Eisenhower death
26 Harold Kenneth Wood PA 1906–1972 1959–1971 1971–1972 Eisenhower death
27 Joseph Simon Lord III PA 1912–1991 1961–1982 1971–1982 1982–1991 Kennedy death
28 Abraham Lincoln Freedman PA 1904–1971 1961–1964 Kennedy appointment to 3d Cir.
29 Alfred Leopold Luongo PA 1920–1986 1961–1986 1982–1986 Kennedy death
30 Ralph C. Body PA 1903–1973 1962–1972 1972–1973 Kennedy death
31 A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. PA 1928–1998 1964–1977[10] L. Johnson appointment to 3d Cir.
32 John Morgan Davis PA 1906–1984 1964–1974[10] 1974–1984 L. Johnson death
33 John P. Fullam PA 1921–2018 1966–1990 1986–1990 1990–2018 L. Johnson death
34 Charles R. Weiner PA 1922–2005 1967–1988 1988–2005 L. Johnson death
35 Thomas Ambrose Masterson PA 1927–2000 1967–1973 L. Johnson resignation
36 Emanuel Mac Troutman PA 1915–2004 1967–1982 1982–2004 L. Johnson death
37 John Berne Hannum PA 1915–2007 1969–1984 1984–2007 Nixon death
38 Edward Roy Becker PA 1933–2006 1970–1982 Nixon appointment to 3d Cir.
40 Daniel Henry Huyett III PA 1921–1998 1970–1988 1988–1998 Nixon death
42 James Henry Gorbey PA 1920–1977 1970–1977 Nixon death
43 Raymond J. Broderick PA 1914–2000 1971–1984 1984–2000 Nixon death
44 Clarence Charles Newcomer PA 1923–2005 1971–1988 1988–2005 Nixon death
45 Clifford Scott Green PA 1923–2007 1971–1988 1988–2007 Nixon death
46 Louis Charles Bechtle PA 1927–present 1972–1993 1990–1993 1993–2001 Nixon retirement
47 Herbert Allan Fogel PA 1929–present 1973–1978 Nixon resignation
48 Joseph Leo McGlynn Jr. PA 1925–1999 1974–1990 1990–1999 Nixon death
49 Edward Norman Cahn PA 1933–present 1974–1998 1993–1998 Ford retirement
50 Louis H. Pollak PA 1922–2012 1978–1991 1991–2012 Carter death
51 Norma Levy Shapiro PA 1928–2016 1978–1998 1998–2016 Carter death
52 James Tyrone Giles PA 1943–present 1979–2008 1999–2005 2008–2008 Carter retirement
53 Thomas Newman O'Neill Jr. PA 1928–2018 1983–1996 1996–2018 Reagan death
54 Marvin Katz PA 1930–2010 1983–1997 1997–2010 Reagan death
55 James McGirr Kelly PA 1928–2005 1983–1996 1996–2005 Reagan death
56 Anthony Joseph Scirica PA 1940–present 1984–1987 Reagan appointment to 3d Cir.
57 Edmund V. Ludwig PA 1928–2016 1985–1997 1997–2016 Reagan death
59 Robert S. Gawthrop III PA 1942–1999 1987–1999 Reagan death
60 Franklin Stuart Van Antwerpen PA 1941–2016 1987–2004 Reagan appointment to 3d Cir.
63 Herbert J. Hutton PA 1937–2007 1988–2003 2003–2007 Reagan death
64 Jay Waldman PA 1944–2003 1988–2003 Reagan death
67 Stewart Dalzell PA 1943–present 1991–2013 2013–2016 G.H.W. Bush retirement
73 Midge Rendell PA 1947–present 1994–1997 Clinton appointment to 3d Cir.
74 Bruce William Kauffman PA 1934–present 1997–2008 2008–2009 Clinton retirement
83 James Knoll Gardner PA 1940–2017 2002–2017 2017 G.W. Bush death
85 Lawrence F. Stengel PA 1952–present 2004–2018 2017–2018 G.W. Bush retirement
88 Thomas M. Golden PA 1947–2010 2006–2010 G.W. Bush death
93 Luis Felipe Restrepo PA 1959–present 2013–2016 Obama appointment to 3d Cir.

Chief judges[edit]

Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.

When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.

Succession of seats[edit]

List of U.S. Attorneys[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 388.
  2. ^ a b c U.S. District Courts of Pennsylvania, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ Future Judicial Vacancies
  4. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 11, 1828, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 23, 1829, and received commission on February 23, 1829.
  5. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1939, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 30, 1939, and received commission on May 4, 1939.
  6. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on April 4, 1940, confirmed by the United States Senate on April 24, 1940, and received commission on April 29, 1940.
  7. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 8, 1950, and received commission on March 9, 1950.
  8. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on April 4, 1950, and received commission on April 7, 1950.
  9. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 12, 1956, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 28, 1956, and received commission on March 29, 1956.
  10. ^ a b Recess appointment; formally nominated on February 3, 1964, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 14, 1964, and received commission on March 17, 1964.
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  12. ^ "History of the Federal Judiciary". fjc.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  13. ^ "Region's U.S. attorney will resign Michael R. Stiles has spent 8 years in the high-profile post. Delco's D.A. is viewed as a possible successor. - philly-archives". articles.philly.com. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  14. ^ "President Obama nominates Zane Memeger to replace Pat Meehan | lehighvalleylive.com". lehighvalleylive.com. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 

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