Anthony Scirica

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Anthony Scirica
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #3T
Station:   Philadelphia, PA
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   8/6/1987 - 7/1/2013
Chief:   2003-2010
Senior:   7/1/2013 - Present
Preceded by:   Ruggero Aldisert
Succeeded by:   Lowell Reed
Past post:   Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Past term:   1984-1987
Personal History
Born:   1940
Hometown:   Norristown, PA
Undergraduate:   Wesleyan U., B.A., 1962
Law School:   University of Michigan Law, J.D., 1965
Anthony Joseph Scirica (b. 1940) is a federal appeals judge serving on senior status with the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia. He joined the court in 1987 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. He assumed senior status on July 1, 2013.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Scirica graduated from Wesleyan University with his bachelor's degree in 1962 and later received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1965. Scirica was a Fulbright Scholar at Central University in Caracas, Venezuela in 1966.[1]

Professional career

  • Fulbright scholar, Central University, Caracas, Venezuela, 1966
  • Private practice, Norristown, Pennsylvania, 1966-1980
  • Assistant district attorney, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1967-1969
  • Pennsylvania state representative, 1971-1979
  • Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1980-1984[1]

Awards and associations

Judicial career

Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania

On the recommendation of Pennsylvania U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and John Heinz III, Scirica was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by President Ronald Reagan on June 19, 1984 to a seat vacated by John B. Hannum. Scirica was confirmed by the Senate on September 17, 1984 and received commission on September 18, 1984. Scirica left the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on September 11, 1987, due to his appointment to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.[1] Scirica was succeeded in this position by Lowell Reed.

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

On the recommendation of Pennsylvania U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and John Heinz III, Scirica was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on June 26, 1987 to a seat vacated by Ruggero Aldisert. Scirica was confirmed by the Senate on August 5, 1987 on a Senate voice vote and received commission on August 6, 1987.[3] Scirica served as the Chief Judge of the Court from 2003 to 2010.[1][4] On July 1, 2013, Judge Anthony Scirica assumed senior status for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where he had served for over 25 years.[5]

Notable cases

Carl Lewis and NJ Senator candidate residency requirements (2011)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Frederick Carlton Lewis, v. Kim Guadagno, Secretary of State, et al., 11-cv-3401)

Judge Scirica was a member of a special panel of judges from the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals that determined whether or not Olympic runner and New Jersey Senate candidate Carl Lewis would be allowed to remain on the ballot after being removed by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno over a residency dispute. Guadagno removed Lewis from the ballot saying that he failed to satisfy the four year residency requirement.[6] Initially, a decision in Lewis' favor was made, and the court ordered his name be put back on the ballot. Judge Scirica dissented from that decision. Eventually, the defendants appealed, and ultimately Judge Scirica, Judge Thomas Vanaskie and Judge Thomas Ambro ruled that Lewis' name may be left off the ballot because he did not show that the State officials had treated him unequally with regards to the residency requirement.[7]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Hannum
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1984–1987
Seat #3T
Succeeded by:
Lowell Reed
Preceded by:
Ruggero Aldisert
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
1987–2013
Succeeded by:
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