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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
(E.D. Pa.)
Seal of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Appeals to Third Circuit
Established April 20, 1818
Judges assigned 22
Chief judge Petrese B. Tucker
Official site
The James A. Byrne Courthouse in Philadelphia

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (in case citations, E.D. Pa.) 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.

The Court's jurisdiction includes Philadelphia, as well as Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties. The district is a part of the Third Circuit, and appeals are taken to that Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

Currently the Federal District Courts are undergoing some policy changes, which includes court fees associated with the filing and prosecution of a number of actions. According to the National Bulletin, Vol 60, Page 188 [12 August 2011] these changes are designed to 'eliminate undue litigation while promptly addressing issues brought forward for review by the general public,' and though the fees and costs were not specifically addressed, a potential litigant needs further inquiry prior to filing any type of legal claim.

The people in the district are represented by the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. There are Eastern District federal courtrooms in Philadelphia, Allentown, Reading, and Easton.

The current Chief Judge for the Eastern Pennsylvania District Court is Judge Petrese B. Tucker. The current United States Marshal for the Eastern Pennsylvania District Court is David Blake Webb.


The United States District Court for the District of Pennsylvania was one of the original 13 courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, 1 Stat. 73, on September 24, 1789.[1][2] It was subdivided on April 20, 1818, by 3 Stat. 462,[1][2] into the Eastern and Western Districts to be headquartered in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, respectively.[1] Portions of these districts were subsequently subdivided into the Middle District on March 2, 1901, by 31 Stat. 880.[2] At the time of its initial subdivision, presiding judge Richard Peters, Jr. was reassigned to only the Eastern District.

Current judges

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has 22 authorized judgeships, filled by judges appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. In addition, judges who have taken senior status continue to hear cases. There are 36 judges, including both active and senior judges. The Chief Judge of the District is Judge Petrese B. Tucker.

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
76 Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker Philadelphia 1951 2000–present 2013—present Clinton
79 District Judge Legrome D. Davis Philadelphia 1952 2002–present G.W. Bush
80 District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe Philadelphia 1948 2002–present G.W. Bush
82 District Judge Timothy J. Savage Philadelphia 1946 2002–present G.W. Bush
83 District Judge James Knoll Gardner Allentown 1940 2002–present G.W. Bush
84 District Judge Gene E. K. Pratter Philadelphia 1949 2004–present G.W. Bush
85 District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel Reading 1952 2004–present G.W. Bush
86 District Judge Paul S. Diamond Philadelphia 1953 2004–present G.W. Bush
87 District Judge Juan Ramon Sanchez Philadelphia 1955 2004–present G.W. Bush
89 District Judge Joel Harvey Slomsky Philadelphia 1946 2008–present G.W. Bush
90 District Judge C. Darnell Jones II Philadelphia 1949 2008–present G.W. Bush
91 District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg Philadelphia 1959 2008–present G.W. Bush
92 District Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro Philadelphia 1951 2013–present Obama
93 District Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo Philadelphia 1959 2013–present Obama
94 District Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl Reading 1955 2013–present Obama
95 District Judge Gerald Austin McHugh, Jr. Philadelphia 1954 2014–present Obama
96 District Judge Edward G. Smith Allentown 1961 2014–present Obama
97 District Judge Wendy Beetlestone 1961 2014–present Obama
98 District Judge Mark A. Kearney 1962 2014–present Obama
99 District Judge Jerry Pappert 1963 2014–present Obama
100 District Judge Joseph F. Leeson, Jr. 1955 2014–present Obama
101 District Judge vacant
39 Senior District Judge John William Ditter, Jr. Philadelphia 1921 1970–1986 1986–present Nixon
41 Senior District Judge Donald West VanArtsdalen Philadelphia 1919 1970–1985 1985–present Nixon
51 Senior District Judge Norma Levy Shapiro Philadelphia 1928 1978–1998 1998–present Carter
53 Senior District Judge Thomas Newman O'Neill, Jr. Philadelphia 1928 1983–1996 1996–present Reagan
57 Senior District Judge Edmund V. Ludwig Philadelphia 1928 1985–1997 1997–present Reagan
58 Senior District Judge Robert F. Kelly Philadelphia 1935 1987–2001 2001–present Reagan
61 Senior District Judge Lowell A. Reed, Jr. Philadelphia 1930 1988–1999 1999–present Reagan
62 Senior District Judge Jan E. DuBois Philadelphia 1931 1988–2002 2002–present Reagan
65 Senior District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter Philadelphia 1936 1990–2003 2003–present G.H.W. Bush
66 Senior District Judge Harvey Bartle III Philadelphia 1941 1991–2011 2006–2011 2011–present G.H.W. Bush
67 Senior District Judge Stewart Dalzell Philadelphia 1943 1991–2013 2013–present G.H.W. Bush
68 Senior District Judge William H. Yohn, Jr. Philadelphia 1935 1991–2003 2003–present G.H.W. Bush
69 Senior District Judge John R. Padova Philadelphia 1935 1992–2008 2008–present G.H.W. Bush
70 Senior District Judge J. Curtis Joyner Philadelphia 1948 1992–2013 2011–2013 2013-present G.H.W. Bush
71 Senior District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno Philadelphia 1945 1992–2013 2013–present G.H.W. Bush
72 Senior District Judge Anita B. Brody Philadelphia 1935 1992–2009 2009–present G.H.W. Bush
75 Senior District Judge Mary A. McLaughlin Philadelphia 1946 2000–2013 2013–present Clinton
77 Senior District Judge Berle M. Schiller Philadelphia 1944 2000–2012 2012–present Clinton
78 Senior District Judge Richard Barclay Surrick Philadelphia 1937 2000–2011 2011–present Clinton
81 Senior District Judge Michael M. Baylson Philadelphia 1939 2002–2012 2012–present G.W. Bush

Vacancies and pending nominations

Seat Seat Last Held By Vacancy Reason Date of Vacancy Nominee Date of Nomination
12 Mary A. McLaughlin Senior status November 18, 2013 —— ——

Former judges

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Peters, Jr., RichardRichard Peters, Jr. PA 1744–1828 1818–1828 Washington,Washington death
2 Hopkinson, JosephJoseph Hopkinson PA 1770–1842 1828–1842[3] Adams, J.Q.J.Q. Adams death
3 Randall, ArchibaldArchibald Randall PA 1797–1846 1842–1846 Tyler,Tyler death
4 Kane, John K.John K. Kane PA 1795–1858 1846–1858 Polk,Polk death
5 Cadwalader, JohnJohn Cadwalader PA 1805–1879 1858–1879 Buchanan,Buchanan death
6 Butler, WilliamWilliam Butler PA 1822–1909 1879–1899 Hayes,Hayes retirement
7 McPherson, John BayardJohn Bayard McPherson PA 1846–1919 1899–1912 McKinley,McKinley reappointment
8 Holland, James BuchananJames Buchanan Holland PA 1857–1914 1904–1914 Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt death
9 Thompson, Joseph WhitakerJoseph Whitaker Thompson PA 1861–1946 1912–1931 Taft,Taft reappointment
10 Dickinson, Oliver BoothOliver Booth Dickinson PA 1857–1939 1914–1939 Wilson,Wilson death
11 McKeehan, Charles LouisCharles Louis McKeehan PA 1876–1925 1923–1925 Harding,Harding death
12 Kirkpatrick, William HuntingtonWilliam Huntington Kirkpatrick PA 1885–1970 1927–1958 1948–1958 1958–1970 Coolidge,Coolidge death
13 Welsh, George AustinGeorge Austin Welsh PA 1878–1970 1932–1957 1957–1970 Hoover,Hoover death
14 Maris, Albert BransonAlbert Branson Maris PA 1893–1989 1936–1938 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt reappointment
15 Kalodner, Harry EllisHarry Ellis Kalodner PA 1896–1977 1938–1946[4] Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt reappointment
16 Bard, Guy K.Guy K. Bard PA 1895–1953 1939–1952[5] Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt resignation
17 Ganey, James CullenJames Cullen Ganey PA 1899–1972 1940–1961 1958–1961 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt reappointment
18 Follmer, Frederick VorisFrederick Voris Follmer PA 1885–1971 1946–1955 Truman,Truman reassignment
19 McGranery, James P.James P. McGranery PA 1895–1962 1946–1952 Truman,Truman resignation
20 Clary, Thomas JamesThomas James Clary PA 1899–1977 1949–1969[6] 1961–1969 1969–1977 Truman,Truman death
21 Grim, Allan KuhnAllan Kuhn Grim PA 1904–1965 1949–1961[7] 1961–1965 Truman,Truman death
22 Lord, Jr., John WhitakerJohn Whitaker Lord, Jr. PA 1901–1972 1954–1971 1969–1971 1971–1972 Eisenhower,Eisenhower death
23 Van Dusen, Francis LundFrancis Lund Van Dusen PA 1912–1993 1955–1967 Eisenhower,Eisenhower reappointment
24 Kraft, Jr., Charles WilliamCharles William Kraft, Jr. PA 1903–2002 1955–1970[8] 1970–2002 Eisenhower,Eisenhower death
25 Egan, Thomas C.Thomas C. Egan PA 1894–1961 1957–1961 Eisenhower,Eisenhower death
26 Wood, Harold KennethHarold Kenneth Wood PA 1906–1972 1959–1971 1971–1972 Eisenhower,Eisenhower death
27 Lord III, Joseph SimonJoseph Simon Lord III PA 1912–1991 1961–1982 1971–1982 1982–1991 Kennedy,Kennedy death
28 Freedman, Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln Freedman PA 1904–1971 1961–1964 Kennedy,Kennedy reappointment
29 Luongo, Alfred LeopoldAlfred Leopold Luongo PA 1920–1986 1961–1986 1982–1986 Kennedy,Kennedy death
30 Body, Ralph C.Ralph C. Body PA 1903–1973 1962–1972 1972–1973 Kennedy,Kennedy death
31 Higginbotham Jr., Aloyisus LeonAloyisus Leon Higginbotham Jr. PA 1928–1998 1964–1977[9] Johnson, L.L. Johnson reappointment
32 Davis, John MorganJohn Morgan Davis PA 1906–1984 1964–1974[9] 1974–1984 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
33 Fullam, John P.John P. Fullam PA 1921-present 1966–1990 1986–1990 1990–2011 Johnson, L.L. Johnson retirement
34 Weiner, Charles R.Charles R. Weiner PA 1922–2005 1967–1988 1988–2005 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
35 Masterson, Thomas AmbroseThomas Ambrose Masterson PA 1927–2000 1967–1973 Johnson, L.L. Johnson resignation
36 Troutman, Emanuel MacEmanuel Mac Troutman PA 1915–2004 1967–1982 1982–2004 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
37 Hannum, John BerneJohn Berne Hannum PA 1915–2007 1969–1984 1984–2007 Nixon,Nixon death
38 Becker, Edward RoyEdward Roy Becker PA 1933–2006 1970–1982 Nixon,Nixon reappointment
40 Huyett III, Daniel HenryDaniel Henry Huyett III PA 1921–1998 1970–1988 1988–1998 Nixon,Nixon death
42 Gorbey, James HenryJames Henry Gorbey PA 1920–1977 1970–1977 Nixon,Nixon death
43 Broderick, Raymond J.Raymond J. Broderick PA 1914–2000 1971–1984 1984–2000 Nixon,Nixon death
44 Newcomer, Clarence CharlesClarence Charles Newcomer PA 1923–2005 1971–1988 1988–2005 Nixon,Nixon death
45 Green, Clifford ScottClifford Scott Green PA 1923–2007 1971–1988 1988–2007 Nixon,Nixon death
46 Bechtle, Louis CharlesLouis Charles Bechtle PA 1927–present 1972–1993 1990–1993 1993–2001 Nixon,Nixon retirement
47 Fogel, Herbert AllanHerbert Allan Fogel PA 1929–present 1973–1978 Nixon,Nixon resignation
48 McGlynn, Jr., Joseph LeoJoseph Leo McGlynn, Jr. PA 1925–1999 1974–1990 1990–1999 Nixon,Nixon death
49 Cahn, Edward NormanEdward Norman Cahn PA 1933–present 1974–1998 1993–1998 Ford,Ford retirement
50 Pollak, Louis H.Louis H. Pollak PA 1922–2012 1978–1991 1991–2012 Carter,Carter death
52 Giles, James TyroneJames Tyrone Giles PA 1943–present 1979–2008 1999–2005 2008–2008 Carter,Carter retirement
54 Katz, MarvinMarvin Katz PA 1930–2010 1983–1997 1997–2010 Reagan,Reagan death
55 Kelly, James McGirrJames McGirr Kelly PA 1928–2005 1983–1996 1996–2005 Reagan,Reagan death
56 Scirica, Anthony JosephAnthony Joseph Scirica PA 1940–present 1984–1987 Reagan,Reagan reappointment
59 Gawthrop III, Robert S.Robert S. Gawthrop III PA 1942–1999 1987–1999 Reagan,Reagan death
60 Van Antwerpen, Franklin StuartFranklin Stuart Van Antwerpen PA 1941–present 1987–2004 Reagan,Reagan reappointment
63 Hutton, Herbert J.Herbert J. Hutton PA 1937–2007 1988–2003 2003–2007 Reagan,Reagan death
64 Waldman, JayJay Waldman PA 1944–2003 1988–2003 Reagan,Reagan death
73 Rendell, MarjorieMarjorie Rendell PA 1947–present 1994–1997 Clinton,Clinton reappointment
74 Kauffman, Bruce WilliamBruce William Kauffman PA 1934–present 1997–2008 2008–2009 Clinton,Clinton retirement
88 Golden, Thomas M.Thomas M. Golden PA 1947–2010 2006–2010 Bush, G.W.G.W. Bush death

Succession of seats

List of U.S. Attorneys

See also


  1. ^ a b c Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 388.
  2. ^ a b c U.S. District Courts of Pennsylvania, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 11, 1828, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 23, 1829, and received commission on February 23, 1829.
  4. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1939, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 30, 1939, and received commission on May 4, 1939.
  5. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on April 4, 1940, confirmed by the United States Senate on April 24, 1940, and received commission on April 29, 1940.
  6. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 8, 1950, and received commission on March 9, 1950.
  7. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on April 4, 1950, and received commission on April 7, 1950.
  8. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 12, 1956, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 28, 1956, and received commission on March 29, 1956.
  9. ^ a b Recess appointment; formally nominated on February 3, 1964, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 14, 1964, and received commission on March 17, 1964.
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External links

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