PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

President Obama Nominates Three Penn Staters For Federal Bench

Three Penn Staters will take their seats as federal judges, pending approval from the United States Senate. President Barack Obama tapped Penn State graduates U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Baxter, Butler County Common Pleas Judge Marilyn Horan, and Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Robert Colville to fill the three vacancies on the federal benches in Pittsburgh and Erie.

All three Penn Staters were recommended to the president by Pennsylvania’s two United States Senators last week.

“The nominees announced today by President Obama are highly skilled legal professionals who will bring fairness and integrity to their work on the federal bench,” Sen. Bob Casey said in a release.

“These nominees possess a wealth of legal experience from their work in both the public and private sectors,” Sen. Pat Toomey said. “I am confident that they have the acumen, integrity, and respect for the limited role of the judiciary that they need to excel as federal judges.”

Baxter graduated from Penn State in 1978. She has her law degree from Temple and has served as United States Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Pennsylvania since 1995. Horan graduated from Penn State in 1976 magna cum laude. She has her law degree from Pitt and has been a judge on the Court of Common Pleas for Butler County since 1996. Colville graduated from Penn State in 1989. He has his law degree from Duquesne and has served as a judge on the Court of Common Pleas for Allegheny County since 2000.

With 874 Article III (federally appointed) judges across the United States, there’s no telling how many other Penn Staters serve in these elite roles. However, taking three of three Pennsylvania openings this appointment cycle isn’t too shabby for Alma Mater.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

Comments

Other posts by Kevin

Hometown Brewery Releases Beer Honoring Evan Pugh

Penn State’s first president Evan Pugh was born in 1828 at Jordan Bank Farm, three miles south of the city center of Oxford, Pennsylvania, an hour west of Philadelphia in Chester County. One-hundred eighty-nine years later, an Oxford brewery is honoring one of the preeminent champions of “liberal and practical” higher education in the form of a delicious Porter.

Penn State Basketball Downs Colgate 72-59 In Front of Thanksgiving Eve Crowd

Why Honoring Paterno Still Matters

Onward State Reaches Double Digits: Happy 10th Birthday To Us

“Holy crap, it’s been 10 years? I’m old as hell!!”

Gameday Coverage: No. 14 Penn State vs. Rutgers

Here’s everything you need to know — including media information, the weather, and injury updates — for Saturday’s game.

Send this to a friend