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Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie (ret.)
Judge Vanaskie served for over 8 years as a Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to that, he served more than 16 years as a District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, during which time he also served as the District’s Chief Judge for a seven-year term. While on the bench, Judge Vanaskie served on the Information Technology Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, where he was appointed Chair by the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist in 2005. He also was a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, serving as Chair of the Conference of the District Judge Representatives to the Judicial Conference in 2005. Judge Vanaskie was a member of the Third Circuit Judicial Council and served on its Information Technology, Reentry Courts, Space and Facilities, and Library Committees. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Judges Association and he has also served on several working groups of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, including as one of the founding members of the working group that established the federal courts’ Online System for Clerkship Applications and Review (“OSCAR”). Judge Vanaskie also served on the Electronic Public Access working group, as co-chair of the Chambers Functional Requirements Group for the Next Generation of CM/ECF, and as co-chair of the Appellate Judges Education Committee. He received his Juris Doctor Degree, cum laude, from the Dickinson School of Law, after which he served as a law clerk to then Chief Judge William J. Nealon of the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Thereafter, Judge Vanaskie practiced law first with the firm of Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish & Kauffman, and then with Elliott, Vanaskie & Riley, where he was a principal member. He has lectured extensively at judicial and continuing legal education programs, and is an adjunct professor of law at the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University, teaching a course on Electronic Evidence. He is a member of Working Groups 1 and 11 of the Sedona Conference. On January 2, 2019, Judge Vanaskie retired from the Court of Appeals. He has joined JAMS, providing alternative dispute resolution and Special Master services, and he also presently serves in a consulting capacity to Agnes Intelligence, whose mission is to develop ethical artificial intelligence solutions to the problems posed by the exponential growth and proliferation of data.