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Thomas Newman O'Neill

Thomas Newman O'Neill, American federal judge. Bar: Pennsylvania 1954, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1959.


  • O'Neill, Thomas Newman was born on July 6, 1928 in Hanover, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Thomas Newman and Emma (Cornpropst) O'N.

  • Education

    • AB magna cum laude, Catholic University America, 1950. Bachelor of Laws magna cum laude, University Pennsylvania, 1953. Postgraduate (Fulbright grantee), London School of Economics, 1956.


    • Law clerk to Judge Herbert F. Goodrich United States Court Appeals (3d circuit), 1953-1954. Law clerk to Justice Harold H. Burton Supreme Court of the United States Court, 1954-1955. Associate Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, Philadelphia, 1956-1963, partner, 1963-1983.

      Counsel 1st and 2d Pennsylvania Legislation Reapportionment Communications, 1971, 81. Judge United States District Court (eastern district) Pennsylvania, 1983—1996, senior judge, since 1996. Lecturer University Pennsylvania Law School, 1973.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Pennsylvania 1954, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1959.


    • Articles editor: University Pennsylvania Law Rev, 1952-1953.


    Former trustee Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Former member Governor's Trial Court Nominating Commission for Philadelphia County. Former member board overseers University Pennsylvania Museum.

    Member advisory board Civil War and Underground R.R. Museum Philadelphia. Fellow American College Trial Lawyers. Member American Law Institute (life), Philadelphia Bar Association (chancellor 1976), Pennsylvania Bar Association (governor 1978-1981), University Pennsylvania Law Alumni Society (president 1976-1977), Pennsylvania Conference County Bar Officers (president 1981-1982), Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the American Revolution, American Inn of Court (founding chairman University Pennsylvania), Order of Coif (president University Pennsylvania chapter 1971-1973), Merion Cricket Club, Edgemere Club, Broadacres Trouting Association, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma.


    • Married Jeanne M. Corresponding, February 4, 1961. Children: Caroline Jeanne, Thomas Newman, III, Ellen Gitt.
    • father: Thomas Newman O'N.
    • mother: Emma (Cornpropst) O'N.
    • spouse: Jeanne M. Corresponding
    • children: Caroline Jeanne O'Neill
    • Thomas Newman O'Neill
    • III O'Neill
    • Ellen Gitt O'Neill
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