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James Knoll Gardner
Born September 14, 1940
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Died April 26, 2017(2017-04-26) (aged 76)
Education Yale University (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)

James Knoll Gardner (September 14, 1940 – April 26, 2017) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Education and career[]

Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Gardner received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Yale University in 1962 and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1965. He was on active duty in the United States Navy JAG Corps from 1966 to 1969, remaining a U.S. Naval Reserve JAG Corps officer from 1969 to 1993, retiring as a Captain. He was in private practice of law in Philadelphia from 1965 to 1966 and 1969 to 1970, and in Allentown from 1970 to 1981. He was Solicitor to the Treasurer of Lehigh County from 1971 to 1977. He was an Assistant District Attorney of Lehigh County from 1972 to 1977, and then First Assistant District Attorney of Lehigh County from 1977 to 1981. He was a judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County from 1981 to 2002, serving as President Judge from 1997 to 2001.

District court service[]

On April 22, 2002, Gardner was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania vacated by Jan E. DuBois. Gardner was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 2, 2002, and received his commission on October 3, 2002. He assumed senior status on April 3, 2017, serving in that status until his death on April 26, 2017.[1]

References[]

Sources[]

  • James Knoll Gardner at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Jan E. DuBois
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
2002–2017
Succeeded by
Joshua Wolson

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