United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Third Circuit
Eastern district of PA seal.gif
Chief:Petrese TuckerJudges:17
Posts:22Vacancies:5
Active judges
DavisDiamondGardnerGoldbergJonesMcHughPratterQuinones AlejandroRestrepoRufeSanchezSavageSchmehlSlomskySmithStengel
Senior Judges
BartleBaylsonBrodyBuckwalterDalzellDitterDuboisJoynerKellyLudwigMcLaughlinO'NeillPadovaReedRobrenoSchillerShapiroSurrickVan ArtsdalenYohn
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:Carol Wells
AngellCarcappaHartHeyPerkinRiceRueterSitarskiStrawbridge
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is a United States district court. It 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, with divisional offices at the Robert N.C. Nix Building in Philadelphia and in Allentown, Easton, and Reading, Pennsylvania.

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Zane D. Memeger .[1]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Philadelphia at the James Byrne Courthouse.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's vacancy warning level is currently set at yellow. The court currently has five vacancies of its 22 posts. There are no pending appointments.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (click for larger map)

The geographic jurisdiction of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania consists of all the following counties in the eastern part of the state of Pennsylvania.

Cases heard

The Eastern District of Pennsylvania has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

Case load

Federal Court Case Load Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2012 21249243334558229456 1612615.71.53351 (23.5%)5415
2011 34707481498285660737 2211913.52.95392 (27.6%)31.915
2010 658134999011580381060 3474314.568618(26.1%)1418
2009 580494897610702541294 657311413.28839(13.8)3.719
2008 2615640673668299307 57522124.8807(1.4%)22.414
2007156962108236778116002517810.85.7577 (2.3%)012
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September.    **Time in months from filing to completion.
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts.    ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
PAE Terminations Filed.jpg PAE Median Times.jpg

Clerk's office

The Eastern District of Pennsylvania has four separate divisions. The official clerk of court is Michael E. Kunz, and he can be contacted at 215-597-7704. Offices are open Monday - Friday, excluding federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address[2] Google Maps Link Google Parking
James A. Byrne Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, PA 601 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106-1797

Google Map Location Google Map Parking Location
Robert N.C. Nix Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, PA 900 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107-4202

Google Map Location Google Map Parking Location
Edward N. Cahn Federal Courthouse - Allentown, PA 504 Hamilton Street

Allentown, PA 18101-1514

Google Map Location Google Map Parking Location
Reading, PA The Madison Building

400 Washington Street Reading, PA 19601-3956

Google Map Location Google Map Parking Location
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History

Court history

The United States District Court for the District of Pennsylvania was one of the original 13 districts created by the Judiciary Act of 1789. In 1818, it was divided into two districts, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District court.

In 1901, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania was carved out of the Eastern and Western districts.

Date Event
September 14, 1789 The Judiciary Act of 1789 organized Pennsylvania as one judicial district with one authorized judgeship, appeals going to the United States Court of Appeals for the Middle Circuit.
February 13, 1801 The Judiciary Act of 1801 divided the federal courts into six circuits and assigned the District of Pennsylvania to the Third Circuit.
April 29, 1802 The Judiciary Act of 1802, although repealing the Judiciary Act of 1801, repeated breaking the federal courts into six circuits and assigning the District of Pennsylvania to the Third Circuit.
April 20, 1818 Eastern District is carved out of the District of Pennsylvania with one authorized judgeship and established as court for appeals and writs of error from decisions in the new Western District.
May 15, 1820 Congress decides that the Eastern District will no longer hear appeals and writs of error from the Western District of Pennsylvania.
March 2, 1901 The Middle District of Pennsylvania is newly-created, carved out of parts of the Eastern and Western districts.
April 1, 1904 A second judgeship is authorized for the Eastern District.
February 16, 1914 A temporary judgeship -- never made permanent -- is authorized for the Eastern District.
September 14, 1922 A temporary judgeship -- never made permanent -- is authorized for the Eastern District.
March 3, 1927 A new judgeship is authorized for the Eastern District.
June 16, 1936 A temporary judgeship is authorized for the Eastern District.
June 2, 1938 Temporary judgeship authorized in June 1936 made permanent
May 24, 1940 A temporary judgeship is authorized for the Eastern District.
December 7, 1944 Temporary judgeship authorized in May 1940 made permanent
July 24, 1946 A temporary judgeship is authorized to serve all three Pennsylvania districts.
August 3, 1949 Two additional judgeships authorized.
February 10, 1954 One additional judgeship authorized. The temporary judgeship created in July 1946 for all three districts assigned exclusively to the Middle District.
May 19, 1961 Three additional judgeships authorized.
March 18, 1966 Three temporary judgeships authorized. One of these positions is never made permanent.
June 2, 1970 Six additional judgeships authorized. Two temporary positions authorized in March 1966 made permanent.
December 1, 1990 Three additional judgeships authorized, for a total of 22 permanent judgeships. One temporary judgeship authorized.
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Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania:

Year Statute Total Seats
September 24, 1789 1 Stat. 73 1 (Whole state)
April 20, 1818 3 Stat. 462 1
April 1, 1904 33 Stat. 155 2
February 16, 1914 38 Stat. 283 3(1 Temporary)
1914 Post Expired 2
September 14, 1922 42 Stat. 837 3(1 Temporary)
1925 Post Expired 2
March 3, 1927 44 Stat. 1347 3
June 16, 1936 49 Stat. 1523 4 (1 temporary)
June 2, 1938 52 Stat. 780 4
May 24, 1940 54 Stat. 219 5(1 Temporary)
December 7, 1944 58 Stat. 796 5
July 24, 1946 60 Stat. 654 6(1 shared temporary)
August 3, 1949 63 Stat. 493 8(1 shared temporary)
February 10, 1954 68 Stat. 8 8
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 11
March 18, 1966 80 Stat. 75 14(3 Temporary)
1969 Post Expired 13
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 19
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 22(1 Temporary)
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Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.





Federal courthouse

James A. Byrne Federal Courthouse

The main gathering place for the Eastern District is at the James A. Bryne Courthouse at 601 Market Street in Philadelphia. The building was named in honor of James A. Byrne, a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania from 1953-1973.

The courthouse stands 22 stories high. It houses courtrooms, judges' chambers, jury rooms, and prisoner holding areas. The building was significantly remodeled starting in 2000 because the original brick facade had cracked and weakened from settlement over time.[12]

The sculpture in the main entrance foyer was designed by Louise Nevelson.[13]

Judges of the Eastern District also hold court at:

  • The Robert N.C. Nix Building at 900 Market Street in Philadelphia
  • The Edward N. Cahn Federal Courthouse at 504 Hamilton Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
  • The Holmes Building, 101 Larry Holmes Drive, Easton, Pennsylvania.
  • The Madison Building, 400 Washington Street, Reading, Pennsylvania.

See also

External links

References

Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Third Circuit
Eastern district of PA seal.gif
Chief:Petrese TuckerJudges:17
Posts:22Vacancies:5
Active judges
DavisDiamondGardnerGoldbergJonesMcHughPratterQuinones AlejandroRestrepoRufeSanchezSavageSchmehlSlomskySmithStengel
Senior Judges
BartleBaylsonBrodyBuckwalterDalzellDitterDuboisJoynerKellyLudwigMcLaughlinO'NeillPadovaReedRobrenoSchillerShapiroSurrickVan ArtsdalenYohn
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:Carol Wells
AngellCarcappaHartHeyPerkinRiceRueterSitarskiStrawbridge
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges


According to the FJC, since the court was established, 91 Article III judges have served on it.

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Chief Judge Petrese Tucker1951Philadelphia, PAClinton 06/01/2000 - Present5/1/2013-PresentThomas O'NeillTemple U., B.A., 1973Temple U. Law, J.D., 1976
Judge Legrome Davis1952Columbus, OHW. Bush 04/23/2002 - PresentEdmund LudwigPrinceton, B.A., 1973Rutgers U. Law, J.D., 1976
Judge Cynthia Rufe1948Philadelphia, PAW. Bush 05/03/2002 - PresentNorma ShapiroAdelphi U., B.A., 1970Buffalo SUNY Law, J.D., 1977
Judge Tim Savage1946Philadelphia, PAW. Bush 08/01/2002 - PresentEdward CahnAssumption College, B.A., 1968Temple U. Law, J.D., 1971
Judge James Gardner1940Allentown, PAW. Bush 10/03/2002 - PresentJan DuboisYale, B.A., 1962Harvard Law, J.D., 1965
Judge Gene Pratter1949Chicago, ILW. Bush 06/16/2004 - PresentWilliam YohnStanford, A.B., 1971U. of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1975
Judge Lawrence Stengel1952Lancaster, PAW. Bush 06/21/2004 - PresentRonald BuckwalterSt. Joseph's College, B.A., 1974U. of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1980
Judge Paul Diamond1953Brooklyn, NYW. Bush 06/22/2004 - PresentHerbert HuttonColumbia, B.A., 1974U. of Pennsylvania Law, J.D., 1977
Judge Juan Sanchez1955Vega Baja, Puerto RicoW. Bush 06/24/2004 - PresentJay WaldmanCity College CUNY, B.A., 1978U. of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1981
Judge Felipe Restrepo1959Medellin, ColombiaObama 6/17/2013 - PresentAnita BrodyU. of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1981Tulane Law, J.D., 1986
Judge Darnell Jones1949Claremore, OKW. Bush 10/30/2008 - PresentBruce KauffmanSouthwestern College, A.B., 1972The American U., J.D., 1975
Judge Mitchell Goldberg1959Philadelphia, PAW. Bush 10/31/2008 - PresentJohn PadovaIthaca College, A.B., 1981Temple U. Law, J.D., 1986
Judge Joel Slomsky1946Brooklyn, NYW. Bush 10/06/2008 - PresentJames GilesBrooklyn College CUNY, B.A., 1967New York Law , J.D., 1970
Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl1955Reading, PAObama 6/13/2013 - PresentThomas GoldenDickinson College, B.A., 1977U. of Toledo Law, J.D., 1980
Judge Edward G. Smith1961Easton, Pennsylvania 3/26/2014-PresentBerle SchillerFranklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1983Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State, J.D., 1986
Judge Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro1951Hato Rey, Puerto RicoObama 6/13/2013 - PresentBarclay SurrickU. of Puerto Rico, B.B.A., 1972U. of Puerto Rico Law, J.D., 1975
Judge Gerald Austin McHugh, Jr1954Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3/26/2014-PresentHarvey BartleSt. Joseph's U., A.B., 1976U. of Pennsylvania Law, J.D., 1979


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Harvey BartleH.W. Bush 09/16/1991 - 10/1/20112006 - 201110/1/2011 - PresentPrinceton, B.A., 1962U. of Pennsylvania Law, LL.B., 1965
Senior Judge William DitterNixon 10/15/1970 - 10/18/198610/19/1986 - PresentUrsinus College, B.A., 1943U. of Pennsylvania Law, LL.B., 1948
Senior Judge Norma ShapiroCarter 08/11/1978 - 12/30/199812/31/1998 - PresentU. of Michigan, B.A. 1948U. of Pennsylvania Law, J.D. 1951
Senior Judge Lowell ReedReagan 04/20/1988 - 06/20/199906/21/1999 - PresentU. of Wisconsin, B.B.A., 1952Temple U. Law, J.D., 1958
Senior Judge Thomas O'NeillReagan 08/05/1983 - 07/05/199607/06/1996 - PresentCatholic U. of America, A.B., 1950U. of Pennsylvania, LL.B., 1953
Senior Judge Edmund LudwigReagan 10/17/1985 - 05/20/199705/20/1997 - PresentHarvard, A.B., 1949Harvard Law, LL.B., 1952
Senior Judge Robert KellyReagan 06/26/1987 - 07/16/200107/17/2001 - PresentVillanova U., B.S., 1957Temple U. Law, LL.B., 1960
Senior Judge Jan DuboisReagan 07/27/1988 - 04/14/200204/15/2002 - PresentU. of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1952Yale Law , LL.B., 1957
Senior Judge Ronald BuckwalterH.W. Bush 03/12/1990 - 12/10/200312/11/2003 - PresentFranklin and Marshall College, A.B., 1958College of William and Mary Law, B.C.L., 1962
Senior Judge William YohnH.W. Bush 09/16/1991 - 11/19/200311/20/2003 - PresentPrinceton, B.A., 1957Yale Law, J.D., 1960
Senior Judge John PadovaH.W. Bush 03/18/1992 - 02/10/200802/11/2008 - PresentVillanova U., A.B., 1956Temple U. Law, J.D., 1959
Senior Judge Stewart DalzellH.W. Bush 09/16/1991 - 10/31/201310/31/2013 - PresentU. of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, B.S., 1965U. of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1969
Senior Judge Curtis JoynerH.W. Bush 04/13/1992 - 5/1/20132011 - 20135/1/2013 - PresentCentral State U., Ohio, B.S., 1971Howard U. Law, J.D., 1974
Senior Judge Eduardo RobrenoH.W. Bush 06/30/1992 - 8/31/201209/01/2013 - PresentWestfield State College, B.A., 1967Rutgers U. Law, J.D., 1978
Senior Judge Anita BrodyH.W. Bush 10/02/1992 - 06/07/200906/08/2009 - PresentWellesley College, B.A., 1955Columbia Law, J.D., 1958
Senior Judge Mary McLaughlinClinton 05/30/2000 - 11/18/201311/19/2013 - PresentGwynedd-Mercy College, B.A., 1968U. of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1976
Senior Judge Berle SchillerClinton 06/02/2000 - 6/18/20126/18/2012 - PresentBowdoin College, B.A., 1965New York U. Law, J.D., 1968
Senior Judge Richard SurrickClinton 06/05/2000 - 01/31/201102/01/2011 - PresentDickinson College, B.A., 1960Dickinson College, J.D., 1965
Senior Judge Michael BaylsonW. Bush 06/19/2002 - 7/13/20127/13/2012 - PresentU. of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1961U. of Pennsylvania, LL.B., 1964
Senior Judge Donald Van ArtsdalenNixon 10/15/1970 - 10/20/198510/21/1985 - PresentU. of Pennsylvania Law, LL.B., 1948


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter02/22/1994 - PresentU. of Scranton, 1977Pennsylvania State U., J.D., 1980
Chief Magistrate Judge Carol Wells06/03/1996 - PresentU. of Pennsylvania Law, J.D., 1985
Magistrate Judge Jacob Hart1997-PresentUniversity of PennslyvaniaUniversity of Pennslyvania
Magistrate Judge Linda Caracappa11/17/2000 - PresentPennsylvania State U., B.A., 1971Villanova Law, J.D.
Magistrate Judge Timothy Rice03/21/2005 - PresentTemple U. Law, J.D., 1986
Magistrate Judge David Strawbridge04/26/2005 - PresentBrown, 1967Villanova Law, J.D., 1971
Magistrate Judge Faith Angell05/14/1990 - PresentMount Holyoke College, A.B., 1959Temple U. Law, J.D., 1971
Magistrate Judge Henry Perkin3/2/2007 - PresentDuquesne U., 1969Duquesne Law, J.D., 1972
Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Hey04/09/2007 - PresentVassar CollegeVillanova University
Magistrate Judge Lynne Sitarski10/29/2007 - PresentU. of Scranton, 1986


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
James Ganey1958-1961
Thomas Clary1961-1969
Edward Cahn1993 - 1998
Louis Bechtle1990-1993
Alfred Luongo1982-1986
Joseph Simon Lord1971-1982
John Whitaker Lord1969-1971
William Huntington Kirkpatrick1948 - 1958
Curtis Joyner2011 - 2013
James Giles1999-2005
John Fullam1986 - 1990
Harvey Bartle2006 - 2011

In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, 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 in the office of Chief Judge 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. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[1][2]



Former judges

  1. John Fullam
  2. Louis Pollak
  3. James Giles
  4. Bruce Kauffman
  5. Thomas Golden
  6. William Lewis
  7. Richard Peters
  8. Joseph Hopkinson
  9. Archibald Randall
  10. John Kintzing Kane
  11. John Cadwalader
  12. William Butler
  13. Anthony Scirica
  14. Franklin Van Antwerpen
  15. Marjorie Rendell
  16. John Bayard McPherson
  17. James Buchanan Holland
  18. Joseph Whitaker Thompson
  19. Oliver Booth Dickinson
  20. Charles Louis McKeehan
  21. William Huntington Kirkpatrick
  22. Herbert Hutton
  23. Daniel Huyett
  24. Harry Kalodner
  25. James McGirr Kelly
  26. Marvin Katz
  27. John Whitaker Lord
  28. Joseph Simon Lord
  29. Alfred Luongo
  30. George Austin Welsh
  31. Albert Maris
  32. Guy Bard
  33. Louis Bechtle
  34. Edward Becker
  35. Ralph Body
  36. Raymond Broderick
  37. Edward Cahn
  38. Thomas Clary
  39. John Morgan Davis
  40. Thomas Egan
  41. Herbert Fogel
  42. Frederick Follmer
  43. Abraham Freedman
  44. James Ganey
  45. Francis Van Dusen
  46. Aloysius Higginbotham
  47. Robert Gawthrop
  48. James Gorbey
  49. Clifford Green
  50. Allan Grim
  51. John Hannum
  52. Charles William Kraft
  53. Thomas Masterson
  54. Joseph McGlynn
  55. James McGranery
  56. Clarence Newcomer
  57. Emanuel Mac Troutman
  58. Jay Waldman
  59. Charles Weiner
  60. Harold Wood



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