Ruggero John Aldisert

Hon. Ruggero John Aldisert
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 Published Works Affiliations
Current Employment Position(s):
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge (Senior)

Bar Admissions:
Pennsylvania, 1947
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1948
U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1948
U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1948
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1947

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1941

Published Works:
The Role of the Courts in Contemporary Society, 38 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 437, 1977

Opinion Writers and Law Review Writers: A Community and Continuity of Approach, 16 Duq. L. Rev. 139, 1977-1978

Appellate Justice, 11 U. Mich. J.L. Ref. 317, 1978

On Being Civil to Younger, 11 Conn. L. Rev. 181, 1979

The Nature of Judicial Process: Revisited, 49 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1, 1980

Attualita Della Tradizione Rivoluzionaria Americana: Un Confronto Tra il Porcedimento Giudiziario Americano e Quello Italiano, Universita di Firenze, 1981

Comment, State Courts and Federalism in the 1980s, 22 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 821, 1981

The Exercise of Supervisory Power by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, 27 Vill. L. Rev. 506, 1982

Rambling Through Continental Legal Systems, 31 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 1, 1982

Professional Responsibility and Professional Competence: A View from the Jaundiced Eye of One Appellate Judge, 11 Cap. U. L. Rev. 445, 1982

The Application of Antitrust Laws to Labor-Related Activities, 21 Duq. L. Rev. 337, 1983

What Makes a Good Appellate Judge, 22 Judges J. 15, 1983

Super Chief: Earl Warren and his Supreme Court: A Judicial Biography, 72 Calif. L. Rev. 275, 1984

State of the Circuit (transcript), 56 Pa. B.A.Q. 47, 1985

Federal Courts and Extraterritorial Antitrust Law: Enlightened Self- Interest of Yankee Imperialism?, 5 J.L. & Com 415, 1985

The House of Law, 19 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 755, 1986

Philosophy, Jurisprudence and Jurisprudential Temperament of Federal Judges, 20 Ind. L. Rev. 453, 1987

Precedent: What It Is and What It Isn't: When Do We Kiss It and When Do We Kill It? 17 Pepp. L. Rev. 605, 1990

THE JUDICIAL PROCESS: Text, Materials and Cases (2d Ed.), West Publishing Co., 1996

WINNING ON APPEAL: Better Briefs and Oral Argument, Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1992

OPINION WRITING (Distributed by West to all Federal and State Appellate Judges), West Publishing Company, 1990

LOGIC FOR LAWYERS: A Guide to Clear Legal Thinking, Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1989

Logic For Lawyers: A Guide to Clear Legal Thinking, 3d Ed. NITA, 1997

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh, 1964 - 1985

Instructor, Antitrust Law, University of Augsburg, Federal Republic of Germany, 1980

Honors and Awards:
Honorary Dr. iur. h.c. Degree, Augsburg University, Federal Republic of Germany, 1984

Honorary LL.D. Degree, Dickinson Law School, 1979

Honorary LL.D. Degree, Grove City College, 1974

Outstanding Merit Award, Allegheny County Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1964

Man of the Year in Law, Pittsburgh, 1966

Phi Beta Kappa, 1970

Outstanding Alumnus, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1973

Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1977

Bicentennial Medallion, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1987

Honorary LL. D. Degree, Widener University, 1986

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Federal Judicial Center, 1972 - 1979
Board Member

Federal Judicial Center, 1974 - 1979
Chairman, Federal Appellate Judges' Conference Committee

Judicial Conference of the United States, 1984 - 1987

Judicial Conference of the United States, 1971 - 1976
Member, Committee on the Administration of the Criminal Law

Judicial Conference of the United States, 1978 - 1984
Chairman, Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules

Judicial Conference of the United States, 1983 - 1984
Member, Ad Hoc Committee, Media Petition (Cameras in the Courtroom)

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania State Bar Association

Allegheny County Bar Association

Santa Barbara County Bar Association

American Law Institute

American Judicature Society

Institute of Judicial Administration

Federal Judicial Center, 1974 - 1979
Chairman, Prisoner Civil Rights Committee

International Academy of Law and Science

American College of Legal Medicine

Italian Sons and Daughters of America, 1954 - 1968
National President

Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

Phi Beta Kappa Society

Past Employment Positions:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Judge, 1968 - Present

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Chief Judge, 1984 - 1986

New York University, Faculty, Senior Appellate Judges Seminar, 1972 - 1985

Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Rules Committee, 1965 - 1985

New York University, Associate Director, Senior Appellate Judges Seminar, 1978 - 1984

Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, Chairman, 1978 - 1984

Federal Judicial Center Judge's Education Conferences, Chairman, Faculty Planning Committee, 1974 - 1979

Committee on the Administration of Criminal Law, 1970 - 1976

National Conference of the Metropolitan Courts, Court's Representative, 1965 - 1968

Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Judge, 1961 - 1968

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, General Practice, 1947 - 1961

United State Marine Corps, Major, 1942 - 1946

Birth Information:
1919, Carnegie, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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