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Hon. Michael M. Baylson
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Judge Baylson was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by President George W. Bush and took office on July 12, 2002. After clerking for Judge Joseph Sloane of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and volunteering with the Defender Association, he began serving as an Assistant District Attorney under District Attorney Arlen Specter in January 1966, and became Chief of the Homicide Division in 1969. In January 1970, Judge Baylson joined Duane Morris and became a partner in 1974. He handled complex civil litigation matters and tried numerous cases, specializing in class actions, antitrust and securities issues. After serving as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from October 1988 through January 1993, Judge Baylson returned to Duane Morris and resumed an active law practice. He served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 2005 to 2010. Judge Baylson currently serves on the Third Circuit Committee on Model Criminal Jury Instructions. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, taught at the Temple University Beasley School of Law program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and served as moderator at the Aspen Institute Justice and Society seminar in Aspen, Colorado. He is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education programs and seminars.