Adj. Prof. Judge Phipps confirmed by Senate

The United States Senate confirmed Judge Peter Phipps last Tuesday to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The Third Circuit hears appeals from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Judge Phipps is also an Adj. Prof. at the law school and teaches administrative law.

P.A. Senator Pat Toomey stated that Judge Phipps, "...will make an outstanding addition to the Third Circuit," and he is,"...pleased that a bipartisan majority of the Senate confirmed him. His experience as a federal trial judge and as a decorated career attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will serve him well as an appellate judge."


Judge Phipps is currently a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of P.A. He has served since the U.S. Senate confirmed by voice vote in 2018. He also served as a senior trial counsel in the Federal Programs Branch of the U.S. DOJ's Civil Division. During his 15-year tenure at the DOJ, Judge Phipps received numerous awards, including the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award.

Judge Phipps earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Dayton. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School, where he served as the managing editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review.

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