Walter Stapleton

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Walter Stapleton
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Station:   Philadelphia, PA
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   4/4/1985-6/2/1999
Senior:   6/2/1999-Present
Preceded by:   New Seat
Succeeded by:   Thomas Ambro
Past post:   District of Delaware
Past chief:   1983-1985
Past term:   1970-1985
Past position:   Seat #1
Personal History
Born:   1934
Hometown:   Cuthbert, GA
Undergraduate:   Princeton, 1956
Law School:   Harvard Law, 1959
Grad. School:   University of Virginia Law, 1984

Walter King Stapleton is a federal appeals judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit based in Philadelphia. He joined the court in 1985 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Stapleton is a judge serving on senior status.[1]

Education

Stapleton graduated from Princeton with his bachelor's degree in 1956 and later graduated from Harvard Law with his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1959. He later graduated from Virginia Law with his Master of Laws degree in 1984.[1]

Professional career

Stapleton was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Delaware from 1959 to 1970 before becoming the deputy attorney general of Delaware from 1963 to 1964.[1]

Judicial career

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

On the recommendation of Delaware U.S. Senator William Roth, Jr., Stapleton was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on March 27, 1985, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333. Stapleton was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 3, 1985, and received commission on April 4, 1985. Stapleton later assumed senior status on June 2, 1999.[1]

District of Delaware

On the recommendation of Delaware U.S. Senator William Roth, Jr., Stapleton was nominated by President Richard Nixon on September 22, 1970, to a seat vacated by Judge Edwin Steel, Jr.. Stapleton was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 8, 1970, and received commission on October 14, 1970. Stapleton served as the chief judge for the District of Delaware from 1983 to 1985 before leaving the District of Delaware on May 8, 1985 due to his appointment to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.[1]

Awards and associations

  • 2014: American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Third Circuit[2]

See also

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References

Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Edwin Steel
District of Delaware
1970–1985
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
Jane Roth
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
1985–present
Succeeded by:
Thomas Ambro