|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania|
|Location||James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse|
|Appeals to||Third Circuit|
|Established||April 20, 1818|
|Chief Judge||Juan Ramon Sánchez|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||Jennifer Arbittier Williams (Acting)|
|U.S. Marshal||Eric S. Gartner|
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. There are Eastern District federal courtrooms in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Allentown, Reading, and Easton.
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).
The current Chief Judge for the Eastern Pennsylvania District Court is Judge Juan Ramon Sánchez.
The people in the district are represented by the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, currently Jennifer Arbittier Williams (as Acting U.S. Attorney).
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. It was subdivided on April 20, 1818, by 3 Stat. 462, into the Eastern and Western Districts to be headquartered in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, respectively. Portions of these districts were subsequently subdivided into the Middle District on March 2, 1901, by 31 Stat. 880. At the time of its initial subdivision, presiding judge Richard Peters Jr. was reassigned to only the Eastern District.
As of September 15,2021 [update] :
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|87||Chief Judge||Juan Ramon Sánchez||Philadelphia||1955||2004–present||2018–present||—||G.W. Bush|
|80||District Judge||Cynthia M. Rufe||Philadelphia||1948||2002–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|84||District Judge||Gene E. K. Pratter||Philadelphia||1949||2004–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|86||District Judge||Paul S. Diamond||Philadelphia||1953||2004–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|
|94||District Judge||Jeffrey L. Schmehl|| Reading |
|95||District Judge||Gerald Austin McHugh Jr.||Philadelphia||1954||2014–present||—||—||Obama|
|96||District Judge||Edward G. Smith|| Easton |
|97||District Judge||Wendy Beetlestone||Philadelphia||1961||2014–present||—||—||Obama|
|98||District Judge||Mark A. Kearney||Philadelphia||1962||2014–present||—||—||Obama|
|99||District Judge||Jerry Pappert||Philadelphia||1963||2014–present||—||—||Obama|
|100||District Judge||Joseph F. Leeson Jr.|| Allentown |
|101||District Judge||Chad F. Kenney||Philadelphia||1955||2018–present||—||—||Trump|
|102||District Judge||Joshua Wolson||Philadelphia||1974||2019–present||—||—||Trump|
|103||District Judge||John Milton Younge||Philadelphia||1955||2019–present||—||—||Trump|
|104||District Judge||Karen S. Marston||Philadelphia||1968||2019–present||—||—||Trump|
|105||District Judge||John M. Gallagher||Allentown||1966||2019–present||—||—||Trump|
|58||Senior Judge||Robert F. Kelly||inactive||1935||1987–2001||—||2001–present||Reagan|
|62||Senior Judge||Jan E. DuBois||inactive||1931||1988–2002||—||2002–present||Reagan|
|65||Senior Judge||Ronald L. Buckwalter||inactive||1936||1990–2003||—||2003–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|66||Senior Judge||Harvey Bartle III||Philadelphia||1941||1991–2011||2006–2011||2011–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|68||Senior Judge||William H. Yohn Jr.||inactive||1935||1991–2003||—||2003–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|69||Senior Judge||John R. Padova||Philadelphia||1935||1992–2008||—||2008–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|71||Senior Judge||Eduardo C. Robreno||Philadelphia||1945||1992–2013||—||2013–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|72||Senior Judge||Anita B. Brody||Philadelphia||1935||1992–2009||—||2009–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|75||Senior Judge||Mary A. McLaughlin||inactive||1946||2000–2013||—||2013–present||Clinton|
|76||Senior Judge||Petrese B. Tucker||Philadelphia||1951||2000–2021||2013–2017||2021–present||Clinton|
|77||Senior Judge||Berle M. Schiller||Philadelphia||1944||2000–2012||—||2012–present||Clinton|
|78||Senior Judge||Richard Barclay Surrick||Philadelphia||1937||2000–2011||—||2011–present||Clinton|
|79||Senior Judge||Legrome D. Davis||inactive||1952||2002–2017||—||2017–present||G.W. Bush|
|81||Senior Judge||Michael M. Baylson||Philadelphia||1939||2002–2012||—||2012–present||G.W. Bush|
|82||Senior Judge||Timothy J. Savage||Philadelphia||1946||2002–2021||—||2021–present||G.W. Bush|
|89||Senior Judge||Joel Harvey Slomsky||Philadelphia||1946||2008–2018||—||2018–present||G.W. Bush|
|90||Senior Judge||C. Darnell Jones II||Philadelphia||1949||2008–2021||—||2021–present||G.W. Bush|
|Seat||Prior judge's duty station||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|15||Philadelphia||Lawrence F. Stengel||Retirement||August 31, 2018||–||–|
|1||Timothy J. Savage||Senior status||March 1, 2021||–||–|
|17||C. Darnell Jones II||March 15, 2021||–||–|
|18||Petrese B. Tucker||June 1, 2021||–||–|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|2||Joseph Hopkinson||PA||1770–1842||1828–1842||—||—||J.Q. Adams||death|
|4||John K. Kane||PA||1795–1858||1846–1858||—||—||Polk||death|
|7||John Bayard McPherson||PA||1846–1919||1899–1912||—||—||McKinley||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|8||James Buchanan Holland||PA||1857–1914||1904–1914||—||—||T. Roosevelt||death|
|9||Joseph Whitaker Thompson||PA||1861–1946||1912–1931||—||—||Taft||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|10||Oliver Booth Dickinson||PA||1857–1939||1914–1939||—||—||Wilson||death|
|11||Charles Louis McKeehan||PA||1876–1925||1923–1925||—||—||Harding||death|
|12||William Huntington Kirkpatrick||PA||1885–1970||1927–1958||1948–1958||1958–1970||Coolidge||death|
|13||George Austin Welsh||PA||1878–1970||1932–1957||—||1957–1970||Hoover||death|
|14||Albert Branson Maris||PA||1893–1989||1936–1938||—||—||F. Roosevelt||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|15||Harry Ellis Kalodner||PA||1896–1977||1938–1946||—||—||F. Roosevelt||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|16||Guy K. Bard||PA||1895–1953||1939–1952||—||—||F. Roosevelt||resignation|
|17||James Cullen Ganey||PA||1899–1972||1940–1961||1958–1961||—||F. Roosevelt||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|18||Frederick Voris Follmer||PA||1885–1971||1946–1955||—||—||Truman||seat abolished|
|19||James P. McGranery||PA||1895–1962||1946–1952||—||—||Truman||resignation|
|20||Thomas James Clary||PA||1899–1977||1949–1969||1961–1969||1969–1977||Truman||death|
|21||Allan Kuhn Grim||PA||1904–1965||1949–1961||—||1961–1965||Truman||death|
|22||John W. Lord Jr.||PA||1901–1972||1954–1971||1969–1971||1971–1972||Eisenhower||death|
|23||Francis Lund Van Dusen||PA||1912–1993||1955–1967||—||—||Eisenhower||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|24||Charles William Kraft Jr.||PA||1903–2002||1955–1970||—||1970–2002||Eisenhower||death|
|25||Thomas C. Egan||PA||1894–1961||1957–1961||—||—||Eisenhower||death|
|26||Harold Kenneth Wood||PA||1906–1972||1959–1971||—||1971–1972||Eisenhower||death|
|27||Joseph Simon Lord III||PA||1912–1991||1961–1982||1971–1982||1982–1991||Kennedy||death|
|28||Abraham Lincoln Freedman||PA||1904–1971||1961–1964||—||—||Kennedy||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|29||Alfred Leopold Luongo||PA||1920–1986||1961–1986||1982–1986||—||Kennedy||death|
|30||Ralph C. Body||PA||1903–1973||1962–1972||—||1972–1973||Kennedy||death|
|31||A. Leon Higginbotham Jr.||PA||1928–1998||1964–1977||—||—||L. Johnson||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|32||John Morgan Davis||PA||1906–1984||1964–1974||—||1974–1984||L. Johnson||death|
|33||John P. Fullam||PA||1921–2018||1966–1990||1986–1990||1990–2018||L. Johnson||death|
|34||Charles R. Weiner||PA||1922–2005||1967–1988||—||1988–2005||L. Johnson||death|
|35||Thomas Ambrose Masterson||PA||1927–2000||1967–1973||—||—||L. Johnson||resignation|
|36||Emanuel Mac Troutman||PA||1915–2004||1967–1982||—||1982–2004||L. Johnson||death|
|37||John Berne Hannum||PA||1915–2007||1969–1984||—||1984–2007||Nixon||death|
|38||Edward Roy Becker||PA||1933–2006||1970–1982||—||—||Nixon||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|39||John William Ditter Jr.||PA||1921–2019||1970–1986||—||1986–2019||Nixon||death|
|40||Daniel Henry Huyett III||PA||1921–1998||1970–1988||—||1988–1998||Nixon||death|
|41||Donald West VanArtsdalen||PA||1919–2019||1970–1985||—||1985–2019||Nixon||death|
|42||James Henry Gorbey||PA||1920–1977||1970–1977||—||—||Nixon||death|
|43||Raymond J. Broderick||PA||1914–2000||1971–1984||—||1984–2000||Nixon||death|
|44||Clarence Charles Newcomer||PA||1923–2005||1971–1988||—||1988–2005||Nixon||death|
|45||Clifford Scott Green||PA||1923–2007||1971–1988||—||1988–2007||Nixon||death|
|46||Louis Charles Bechtle||PA||1927–present||1972–1993||1990–1993||1993–2001||Nixon||retirement|
|47||Herbert Allan Fogel||PA||1929–2002||1973–1978||—||—||Nixon||resignation|
|48||Joseph Leo McGlynn Jr.||PA||1925–1999||1974–1990||—||1990–1999||Nixon||death|
|49||Edward N. Cahn||PA||1933–present||1974–1998||1993–1998||—||Ford||retirement|
|50||Louis H. Pollak||PA||1922–2012||1978–1991||—||1991–2012||Carter||death|
|51||Norma Levy Shapiro||PA||1928–2016||1978–1998||—||1998–2016||Carter||death|
|52||James T. Giles||PA||1943–present||1979–2008||1999–2005||2008–2008||Carter||retirement|
|53||Thomas Newman O'Neill Jr.||PA||1928–2018||1983–1996||—||1996–2018||Reagan||death|
|55||James McGirr Kelly||PA||1928–2005||1983–1996||—||1996–2005||Reagan||death|
|56||Anthony Joseph Scirica||PA||1940–present||1984–1987||—||—||Reagan||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|57||Edmund V. Ludwig||PA||1928–2016||1985–1997||—||1997–2016||Reagan||death|
|59||Robert S. Gawthrop III||PA||1942–1999||1987–1999||—||—||Reagan||death|
|60||Franklin Van Antwerpen||PA||1941–2016||1987–2004||—||—||Reagan||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|61||Lowell A. Reed Jr.||PA||1930–2020||1988–1999||—||1999–2020||Reagan||death|
|63||Herbert J. Hutton||PA||1937–2007||1988–2003||—||2003–2007||Reagan||death|
|67||Stewart Dalzell||PA||1943–2019||1991–2013||—||2013–2016||G.H.W. Bush||retirement|
|70||J. Curtis Joyner||PA||1948–present||1992–2013||2011–2013||2013–2021||G.H.W. Bush||retirement|
|73||Midge Rendell||PA||1947–present||1994–1997||—||—||Clinton||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|74||Bruce William Kauffman||PA||1934–present||1997–2008||—||2008–2009||Clinton||retirement|
|83||James Knoll Gardner||PA||1940–2017||2002–2017||—||2017||G.W. Bush||death|
|85||Lawrence F. Stengel||PA||1952–present||2004–2018||2017–2018||—||G.W. Bush||retirement|
|88||Thomas M. Golden||PA||1947–2010||2006–2010||—||—||G.W. Bush||death|
|93||Luis Felipe Restrepo||PA||1959–present||2013–2016||—||—||Obama||elevation to 3d Cir.|
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