Thomas Hardiman

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Thomas Hardiman
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #10
Station:   Philadelphia, PA
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   4/2/2007 - Present
Preceded by:   Richard Nygaard
Succeeded by:   Cathy Bissoon
Past post:   Western District of Pennsylvania
Past term:   2003 - 2007
Personal History
Born:   1965
Hometown:   Winchester, MA
Undergraduate:   Notre Dame '87
Law School:   Georgetown Law '90



Thomas Michael Hardiman (b.1965) is an Article III federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He joined the court in 2007 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

Born in Winchester, Massachusetts, Hardiman graduated from University of Notre Dame with his bachelor's degree in 1987 and later received a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1990.[1]

Professional career

Hardiman was a private practice attorney in Washington, D.C. from 1990 to 1992 and then practiced in the State of Pennsylvania from 1992 to 2003.[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Pennsylvania

On the recommendation of U.S. Senators Rick Santorum and Arlen Specter, Hardiman was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania by President George W. Bush on April 9, 2003 to a seat vacated by William Standish as Standish assumed senior status. Hardiman was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 22, 2003 on a Senate voice vote and received commission on October 27, 2003.[2]

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, Hardiman was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President George W. Bush on January 9, 2007 to a seat vacated by Richard Nygaard as Nyggard assumed senior status. Hardiman was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 15, 2007 on a Senate vote and received commission on April 2, 2007.[3]

Notable cases

Delaware sports betting case (2009)

  United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
     *OFC Commissioner of Baseball, et al, v. Jack Markell, et al, 09-3297
Judge Hardiman wrote the court's opinion in a case about whether the State of Delaware has legal standing to expand sports betting. The three-judge panel ruled on September 1, 2009 that the State of Delaware can offer sports betting on parlays (multiple games), but ruled that betting on individual games including football, basketball, and hockey is illegal under federal law. The ruling from the Third Circuit affirmed Judge Greg Sleet's ruling that Delaware was limited to offering sports betting for multiple games. This is consistent with a 1976 law that outlaws wagering on individual games.[4] Judges Julio Fuentes and Theodore McKee joined Hardiman on the three judge panel.[5]


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
William Standish
Western District of Pennsylvania
2003–2007
Seat #10
Succeeded by:
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Preceded by:
Richard Nygaard
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
2007–present
Succeeded by:
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