Walter King Stapleton

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Walter Stapleton
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Assumed office
June 2, 1999
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
April 4, 1985 – June 2, 1999
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Seat established by 98 Stat. 333
Succeeded by Thomas L. Ambro
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
In office
December 23, 1983 – May 8, 1985
Preceded by James Levin Latchum
Succeeded by Murray Merle Schwartz
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
In office
October 14, 1970 – May 8, 1985
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Edwin DeHaven Steel Jr.
Succeeded by Jane Richards Roth
Personal details
Born Walter King Stapleton
(1934-06-02) June 2, 1934 (age 84)
Cuthbert, Georgia
Education Princeton University (A.B.)
Harvard Law School (LL.B.)
University of Virginia School of Law (LL.M.)

Walter King Stapleton (born June 2, 1934) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Cuthbert, Georgia, Stapleton received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Princeton University in 1956. He received a Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1959.

He received a Master of Laws from University of Virginia School of Law in 1984. He was in private practice of law in Wilmington, Delaware from 1959–70. He was a deputy attorney general of Delaware from 1963–64.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Stapleton was nominated by President Richard Nixon on September 22, 1970, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware vacated by Judge Edwin DeHaven Steel Jr. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 8, 1970, and received commission six days later. He served as Chief Judge from 1983–85. His service was terminated on May 8, 1985, due to elevation to the Third Circuit.[1]

Stapleton was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on March 27, 1985, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333.[2] He was confirmed by the Senate on April 3, 1985, and received commission the following day. He assumed senior status on June 2, 1999.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Stapleton, Walter King - Federal Judicial Center". fjc.gov. 
  2. ^ "Metropolitan News in Brief". The Philadelphia Inquirer. March 28, 1985. p. B02. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Edwin DeHaven Steel Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
1970–1985
Succeeded by
Jane Richards Roth
Preceded by
James Levin Latchum
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
1983–1985
Succeeded by
Murray Merle Schwartz
Preceded by
Seat established by 98 Stat. 333
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1985–1999
Succeeded by
Thomas L. Ambro