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Pitt Law Alum The Honorable Judge Joseph F. Weis Passes at 91

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March 31, 2014

One of the most respected federal appellate judges in the nation, the honorable Judge Joseph F. Weis passed away Wednesday at his Fox Chapel home at 91. Judge Weis graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law class of 1950. After graduating, Weis joined his father to form Weis & Weis. One of his biggest accomplishments as a trial attorney was a $2 million verdict against Union Carbide, the largest verdict in federal court in Western Pennsylvania at the time. According to his obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Weis ran for Common Pleas judge in Allegheny County in 1968 and won in a landslide.  In 1970 he was appoitned to the federal bench and three years later President Richard Nixon nominated him for a seat on the 3rd Circuit, which covers Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the Virgin Islands. A highly decorated World War II veteran, Judge Weis will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Read more about Judge Weis at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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