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Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie

Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
United States Circuit Judge
Scranton, PA, USA


I have served as a federal judge for more than 21 years, 16 as a District Judge and more than 6 years as a Circuit Judge.  Before being appointed to the Federal Bench, I was a partner in a law firm and handled complex civil litigation.  I served as the Chief Judge in the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2006.  From 2001 through 2008, I was a member of the Information Technology Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the policy-making body for the United States Courts, and was appointed as its Chair by the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist.  I directed the efforts for electronic filing of documents in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and lectured throughout the nation on that subject.  I also pioneered the introduction of evidence presentation technology in the federal courts, and lectured extensively on that subject.  I presently serve as co-chair of the Third Circuit’s Information Technology Committee, am a member of the Project Steering Group for the Federal Courts’ new electronic filing system, and serve as a member of the Federal Court’s Working Group for the Online System for Clerkship Applications Review (“OSCAR”).  I am also a member of the extremely influential Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production.  In 2013, I was inducted into the Academic All American Hall of Fame.

My career in the judiciary has focused extensively on the discovery and use of Electronically Stored Information (“ESI”).  With a keen appreciation for the importance of understanding the unique attributes of ESI and how those attributes impact the practice of law today, I developed an Electronic Evidence Seminar and have taught it since 2007 at my alma mater.


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