United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania|
|Location||James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse|
|Appeals to||Third Circuit|
|Established||April 20, 1818|
|Chief Judge||Juan Ramon Sanchez|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||William M. McSwain|
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.
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. It was subdivided on April 20, 1818, by 3 Stat. 462, into the Eastern and Western Districts to be headquartered in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, respectively. Portions of these districts were subsequently subdivided into the Middle District on March 2, 1901, by 31 Stat. 880. At the time of its initial subdivision, presiding judge Richard Peters Jr. was reassigned to only the Eastern District.
As of May 28, 2019[update]:
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|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|
|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
|95||District Judge||Gerald Austin McHugh Jr.||Philadelphia||1954||2014–present||—||—||Obama|
|96||District Judge||Edward G. Smith||Easton
|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
|101||District Judge||Chad F. Kenney||Philadelphia||1955||2018–present||—||—||Trump|
|102||District Judge||Joshua Wolson||Philadelphia||1974||2019–present||—||—||Trump|
|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|
|89||Senior Judge||Joel Harvey Slomsky||Philadelphia||1946||2008–2018||—||2018–present||G.W. Bush|
Vacancies and pending nominations
|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||January 23, 2019|
|23||Legrome D. Davis||September 28, 2017||–||–|
|15||Lawrence F. Stengel||Retirement||August 31, 2018||–||–|
|10||Joel Harvey Slomsky||Senior Status||October 9, 2018||–||–|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|1||Richard Peters Jr.||PA||1744–1828||1818–1828||—||—||Washington||death|
|2||Joseph Hopkinson||PA||1770–1842||1828–1842||—||—||J.Q. Adams||death|
|4||John K. Kane||PA||1795–1858||1846–1858||—||—||Polk||death|
|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||—||—||F. Roosevelt||appointment to 3d Cir.|
|16||Guy K. Bard||PA||1895–1953||1939–1952||—||—||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||1961–1969||1969–1977||Truman||death|
|21||Allan Kuhn Grim||PA||1904–1965||1949–1961||—||1961–1965||Truman||death|
|22||John W. 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||—||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||—||—||L. Johnson||appointment to 3d Cir.|
|32||John Morgan Davis||PA||1906–1984||1964–1974||—||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.|
|39||John William Ditter Jr.||PA||1921–2019||1970–1986||—||1986–2019||Nixon||death|
|40||Daniel Henry Huyett III||PA||1921–1998||1970–1988||—||1988–1998||Nixon||death|
|41||Donald West VanArtsdalen||PA||1919–2019||1970–1985||—||1985–2019||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 N. 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 T. 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|
|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 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|
|67||Stewart Dalzell||PA||1943–2019||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 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
List of U.S. Attorneys
- Alexander Dallas (1801–1815)
- Charles Jared Ingersoll (1815–1829)
- George M. Dallas (1829–1831)
- Henry D. Gilpin (1831–1837)
- John M. Read (1837–1841)
- William M. Meredith (1841–1845)
- Thomas M. Pettit (1845–1853)
- James M. Beck (1896–1900)
- Joseph Whitaker Thompson (1904–1912)
- James Cullen Ganey (1937–1940)
- David W. Marston (1976–1978)
- Peter F. Vaira, Jr. (1978–1983)
- Edward S.G. Dennis Jr. (1983–1988)
- Michael M. Baylson (1988–1993)
- Michael R. Stiles (1993–2001)
- Pat Meehan (2001–2008)
- Laurie Magid (Interim) (2008–2009)
- Michael L. Levy (Interim) (2009–2010)
- Zane David Memeger (2010–2016)
- Louis D. Lappen (Interim) (2016–2018)
- William M. McSwain (2018–present)
- Courts of Pennsylvania
- List of current United States District Judges
- List of United States federal courthouses in Pennsylvania
- Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 388.
- U.S. District Courts of Pennsylvania, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- "History of the Federal Judiciary". fjc.gov. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
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