Joseph Francis Weis

Hon. Joseph Francis Weis Jr.
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Address: 21400 U.S. Courthouse
601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1790
Phone: (215) 597-2995
Web site:

Position Bar Admissions Education
Honors Published Works Affiliations
Current Employment Position(s):
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge (Senior)

Bar Admissions:
Pennsylvania, 1950
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1950
Law Review: University of Pittsburgh Law Review, 1949 - 1950

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1947

Published Works:
The Case for Appellate Court Revision, 93 Mich. L. Rev. 401, 1995

Disconnecting the Overloaded Circuits -- A Plug for a Unified Court of Appeals, 39 St. Louis Univ. L.J. 455, 1995

Professionalism on the Bench: Wisdom from Job, Dear Abby and Gilbert & Sullivan, 142 Pitts. L.J. 19, December, 1994

Service by Mail -- Is the Stamp of Approval From the Hague Convention Always Enough?, 57 Law & Contemporary Problems 165, 1994

Changing the Federal Courts and Avoiding the Mistakes of History, 3 Widener Journal of Public Law 2, 1994

Electronics Expand Courtroom Walls, 63 American Bar Association Journal 1713, 1977

Education and Technology, 20 Judges Journal 28, 1981

Hardening of the Categories, 21 Judges Journal 32, 1982

Agency Non-acquiescence: Respectful Lawlessness or Legitimate Disagreement, 48 Univ. of Pitts. L.Rev. 845, 1987

The Federal Rules and the Hague Conventions: Concerns of Conformity and Comity, Univ. of Pitts. L. Rev., 1989

A Judicial Perspective on Deference to Administrative Agencies: Some Grenades From the Trenches, 2 Admin L. J. 3901, 1988

The Federal Courts Study Committee Begins Its Work, 21 St. Marys L. J. 15, 1989

A Tale of Two Systems, 60 U. Con. L. Rev. 429 (Reviewing Robert J. Martineau, Appellate Justice in England and the United States, 1990), 1991

The Hague Evidence Convention and United States Civil Procedural Rules 0 Zeitschrift fur Vergleichende rechtswissenschaft 411, 1991

Judging Books: How to Practice Law with Computers, Judges Journal, 52 (Book Review), Fall, 1989

Are Courts Obsolete? Notre Dame L. Rev., Fall, 1992

The Federal Sentencing Guidelines - It's Time for a Reappraisal, Geo. J. Crim. L., Summer, 1992

A New Name and a New Financial Policy for the Courts, PBA Quarterly, Vol. XLI, 1970

Austin L. Staley (in Memorium), 17 Duquesne L. Rev. 239, 1978-1979

Electronic Mail, 22 Judges Journal 14, 1983

Automation in the Federal Courts: Progress, Prospects and Problems (Co-Author: G. Bermant), 26 Judges Journal 14, 1987

The Constitution's Second Century: The Shift in Emphasis from Property Rights to Personal Rights, 26 Duquesne L. Rev. 1, 1987

Colloquy, Tribute to Joseph F. Weis, Jr., 49 Univ. of Pitts. L. Rev. 915, 1988

Recommendations of the Federal Courts Study Committee, 26 International Society of Barristers 397, 1991

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh, 1986 - Present

Keynote Speaker, Justice Facilities, Conference of the American Institute of Architects in Chicago

Conducted Pilot Projects on Videotaped Depositions in Trials, Federal Judicial Center

Lecturer, Impact Decisions of the Supreme Court and Trial Procedures for Appellate Judges' Seminars

Lecturer, Seminars and Programs, Appellate Judges Seminars and Federal Judicial Center

Honors and Awards:
Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

St. Thomas More Award for Outstanding Service, 1971

Recipient, Honorary LL.D., Dickinson College, 1989

Series of Tributes, 49 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 915, 1988

Recipient, Phillip Amram Award, 1991

Recipient, Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award, 1993

Bronze Star for Valor

Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association

Appellate Judges' Conference of the American Bar Association
Former Chairman

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Allegheny County Bar Association

American Judicature Society

Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, 1980

Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy, 1983
System, Member

Judicial Conference Subcommittee on Judicial Improvements, 1983

American Bar Association
Member, Committee on Design of Courtrooms and Facilities

American Bar Association
Member, Committee on Technology and the Courts

International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Institute of Judicial Administration

Canadian-American Interchange, 1986 - 1987

Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, 1966 - 1967

Grubstake, Inc., 1968 - 1971

Forbes Hospital System, Pittsburgh, 1969 - 1974

Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board, Allegheny County, 1970 - 1973

Leukemia Society of Allegheny County, 1970 - 1973

Programs of Legal Medicine, Rome and London

Catholic Diocese, Pittsburgh, 1971
Member, Board of Administration

Judicial Conference
Chairman, Federal Courts Study Committee

Judicial Conference
Chairman, Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure

Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Civil Rules

Third Circuit Committee on Experiment with Video Conference Arguments

Judicial Conference Committee on Experiments of Videotape Trial
Proceedings within the Third Circuit, Chairman

Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Chairman, Futurist Subcommittee of the 1988 Bicentennial Committee

University of Virginia Law School, Member
Advisory Committee for Master of Laws, Judicial Administration Program

Joint American-Canadian Appellate Judges' Conference, Toronto, 1986
Chairman, International Judicial Conference

Joint American-English Appellate Judges' Conference, London, 1985
Chairman, International Judicial Conference

Allegheny County Bar Association
Former Vice President

Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
Former President

Conference of State Trial Judges
Former Member

Federal Judges' Conference on Delay of Criminal Cases
Former Member

Knights of Malta

Knights of Columbus

American Legion

Fourth Armored Division Association

Disabled American Veterans

Catholic War Veterans

Military Order of the World Wars

St. Scholastica Catholic Church

Catholic Church, Diocese of Pittsburgh
Former Member, Board of Administration

Past Employment Positions:
Western District of Pennsylvania, District Judge, 1970 - 1973

Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Judge, 1968 - 1970

Weis & Weis, Pittsburgh, Private Practice, 1950 - 1968

United States Army, Captain (Retired), 1943 - 1948

Federal Courts Study Commission, Chairman

Third Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Circuit Judge

Fourth Armored Division of General Patton's Third Army, France

Birth Information:
1923, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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