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Hon. Thomas Ignatius Vanaskie (ret.)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie was sworn in as a Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on April, 28, 2010, after serving more than 16 years as a District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He became the District’s Chief Judge on September 1, 1999, and completed his seven-year term as Chief Judge on August 31, 2006. From 2001 through 2008, he served on the Information Technology Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the policy-making body for the U.S. Courts. Judge Vanaskie was appointed Chair of the Judicial Conference Information Technology Committee by the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist in 2005. He also was a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 2003 to 2005, 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 presently serves on its Information Technology Committee and on its Library Committee. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Judges Association. Judge Vanaskie has also served on several working groups of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and presently serves on the OSCAR working group, which manages the judiciary’s clerkship applications, and the Electronic Public Access working group. He previously served as co-chair of the Chambers Functional Requirements Group for the Next Generation of CM/ECF. Judge Vanaskie attended the Dickinson School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor Degree, cum laude, in 1978. Upon graduating from law school, Judge Vanaskie served as a law clerk to then Chief Judge William J. Nealon of the Middle District of Pennsylvania. In 1980, he joined the Scranton office of the Philadelphia-based law firm of Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish & Kauffman. In March of 1992, Judge Vanaskie became a principal member of the law firm of Elliott, Vanaskie & Riley. 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.