The Hon. Anthony Joseph Scirica,Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, spoke at Ursinus College Wednesday, Feb. 15. in Musser Lecture Hall in Pfahler Hall.
Judge Scirica, who is current chairman of the executive committee of the Judicial Conference of the U.S., will meet with Ursinus Moot Court participants and Mock Trial teams at a dinner before the lecture. Born in Norristown, Pa., Judge Scirica graduated from Wesleyan University and received his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench in 1984, he practiced law in Montgomery County, serving as an assistant district attorney, and was elected to the Court of Common Pleas. He also served as a Pennsylvania State Representative for eight years. In 1984 he was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and was elevated to the Court of Appeals in 1987. He became Chief Judge in 2003. In 2008, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court, named Judge Scirica to be chairman of the executive committee of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. He was the former Chair of the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and he was a member of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules.
Ursinus College offers a multi-faceted pre-legal program ranging from intense advising and LSAT preparation to curricular offerings. In 2004 Ursinus became the first school to offer a Moot Court (Legal Writing and Argument) course as part of the curriculum. Ursinus is a participating member of the American Mock Trial Association, the premier undergraduate Mock Trial program in the country.