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:   MN
Undergraduate:   U. of Southern California '69
Law School:   U. of Michigan Law '71

Richard Lowell Nygaard (b. 1940) 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 a judge serving on senior status.[1]

Early life and education

A native of Minnesota, Nyggard graduated from Southern California (USC) with his bachelor's degree in 1969 and later graduated from Michigan Law with his juris doctorate degree in 1971. Nyggard also served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1958 to 1964.

Professional career

Nygaard was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Pennsylvania from 1972 to 1980 before becoming a Common Pleas Judge in the Court of Common Pleas for the Sixth District of Pennsylvania based in Erie, PA from 1981 to 1988.

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 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 later 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 Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Thomas Hardiman