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Richard Lowell Nygaard

Richard Nygaard
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Assumed office
July 9, 2005
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
October 17, 1988 – July 9, 2005
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Joseph Weis
Succeeded by Thomas Hardiman
Personal details
Born (1940-07-09) July 9, 1940
Thief River Falls, Minnesota, U.S.
Alma mater University of Southern California
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Richard Lowell Nygaard (born July 9, 1940) is a United States federal judge.

Born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota,[1] Nygaard received a B.S. cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1969 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1971. He was a Petty Officer Second Class in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1958 to 1964. He was in private practice in North East, Pennsylvania from 1972 to 1980. He was a judge on the Court of Common Pleas, Sixth District of Pennsylvania, Erie, Pennsylvania from 1981 to 1988.

Nygaard is a Senior Federal Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Nygaard was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on May 25, 1988, to a seat vacated when Joseph Francis Weis, Jr. assumed Senior Status. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 14, 1988, and received his commission on October 17, 1988. He assumed senior status on July 9, 2005.


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Legal offices
Preceded by
Joseph Weis
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Succeeded by
Thomas Hardiman
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