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Richard Nygaard

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Richard Nygaard
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Station:   Philadelphia, PA
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   10/17/1988-7/9/2005
Senior:   7/9/2005-Present
Preceded by:   Joseph Weis, Jr.
Succeeded by:   Thomas Hardiman
Personal History
Born:   1940
Hometown:   Minnesota
Undergraduate:   University of Southern California, 1969
Law School:   University of Michigan Law, 1971

Richard Lowell Nygaard is a federal appeals judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit based in Philadelphia. He joined the court in 1988 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Nygaard is serving on senior status.[1]


Nyggard graduated from Southern California with his bachelor's degree in 1969 and later graduated from Michigan Law with his J.D. degree in 1971.[1]

Military service

Nyggard also served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1958 to 1964.[1]

Professional career

Nygaard was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Pennsylvania from 1972 to 1980 before serving on the Erie County Court of Common Pleas from 1981 to 1988.[1]

Judicial career

On the unanimous recommendation of Pennsylvania U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and John Heinz III, Nyggard was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on May 25, 1988, to a seat vacated by Judge Joseph Weis, Jr. as Weis assumed senior status. Nygaard was confirmed by the Senate on October 14, 1988, on unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on October 17, 1988.[2] Nyggard assumed senior status on July 9, 2005.

Awards and associations

In October 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit courthouse in Erie, Pennsylvania was named after Judge Nygaard.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Joseph Weis (Third Circuit)
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Thomas Hardiman