Richard Lowell Nygaard

Hon. Richard Lowell Nygaard
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Address: 21400 U.S. Courthouse
601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1790
Phone: (215) 597-2995
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Position Bar Admissions Education
Honors Affiliations
Current Employment Position(s):
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge (Senior)

Bar Admissions:
Pennsylvania, 1972
The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1971

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 1969
Honors: cum laude

Honors and Awards:
Faculty Letter of Merit Award, University of Southern California, 1969

Mayor's Certificate of Merit for Community Betterment Through Outstanding Judicial Performance, 1982

Recipient, Mayor Louis Tullio Celebrated Citizen Proclamation - Judge Nygaard Day in Erie, 1982

Community Service Award, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1982

Erie County Grange Community Service Award of the Year, 1983

Multiple Sclerosis Society Award for Community Service, 1984

Life Member, NAACP

Central and Eastern Law Initiative

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Erie County Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

International Conference on Free Elections, 1982

Past Employment Positions:
Court of Common Pleas, Sixth District of Pennsylvania, Erie, Judge, 1981 - 1988

Erie County, County Councilman, 1977 - 1981

Orton, Nygaard & Dunlevy, North East, Pennsylvania, Private Practice, 1972 - 1980

United States Naval Reserve, 1958 - 1964

Birth Information:
1940, Thief River Falls, Minnesota, United States of America

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