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Federal appellate judge Marjorie Rendell will enter a state of semi-retirement

January 31, 2015

Marjorie Rendell takes 'senior status' on court

Rendell will ease her role on the Third Circuit court, which hears appeals from federal cases in Pa., N.J., Del., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Federal appellate judge Marjorie O. Rendell, the wife of former Pa. governor Ed Rendell, announced on Friday that she plans to leave her post on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit this summer. 


At age 67, Rendell says she is not quite done with the law, however. In July, she will assume "senior status" on the court, which will reduce her workload while still allowing her to hear cases, Philly.com reports. Her revised designation on the 13-member court will also allow for President Obama to make a new appointment before the end of his term. 

"I'll still be around," Rendell said. "I won't have a vote on all things, but I'll have a voice."

Originally nominated for her role on the Third Circuit by Bill Clinton in 1997, Rendell now plans to devote more time to her foundation for the civic education of youth.

Some of Rendell's career highlights include adjudicating death penalty appeals and the legal resolution of the FCC fine against CBS for fleeting nudity during Janet Jackson's 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. 

Rendell is a graduate of Villanova University Law School was named a partner of Center City law firm in 1981 before becoming a judge. 

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