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By a vote of 77-20, the U.S. Senate recently confirmed Judge Thomas Vanaskie, a Lycoming College alumnus, to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Vanaskie was named to the federal bench of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in 1994, and served as chief judge of the district from 1999 to 2006. Vanaskie was nominated to the Third Circuit by President Obama in August.
Vanaskie graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science from Lycoming in 1975. That same year, he received the College's Chieftain Award, which is the highest honor given to a graduating senior and recognizes the student who has shown the utmost dedication and leadership qualities while at Lycoming and whose academic rank is above the median of the preceding senior class. In addition, Vanaskie received Lycoming's Outstanding Achievement Award in 2000 and was inducted in the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994 for his success on the football field.
Vanaskie graduated magna cum laude from the Dickinson School of Law in 1978.
The Third Circuit Court is one of 12 federal appeals courts a notch below the Supreme Court. The court, which is located in Philadelphia, covers Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and the Virgin Islands.