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Theodore McKee

Theodore McKee

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Born: Rochester, New York-June 5, 1947.
Education: State University of New York at Cortland (B.A. 1969); Syracuse University College of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif (J.D. 1975)
On June 9, 1994, Judge McKee was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Clinton.

Judge Theodore A. McKee, was sworn in as a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on June 20, 1994. He is only the fourth African-American to serve on the 3d Circuit bench. Judge McKee graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 1975. He received several awards for outstanding academic performance in law school including being inducted into the Order of the Coif. 

Upon graduation from law school, Judge McKee began his legal career in Philadelphia at Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen. He left there in 1977 to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. His position as an Assistant U.S. Attorney was the beginning of a career in public service. The judge left the United States Attorney*s Office in 1980 to become a Deputy City Solicitor in the administration of then mayor, William Green. There, he headed the enforcement division of the city*s law department. In 1983 he accepted a position as General Counsel to the Philadelphia Parking Authority, and then ran successfully for the Court of Common Pleas. He served as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas for over 11 years, including a three year assignment to the homicide program. Toward the end of his first term on the Court of Common Pleas he was granted an assignment to the Orphans* Court, thus becoming the first African American to be assigned to that court. In 1994 Judge McKee ran successfully for a second term on the Court of Common Pleas, but was appointed to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals by President Clinton shortly after winning retention to the Court of Common Pleas. 

A native of Rochester, New York, the judge graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland and served as director of minority recruitment, and chair of a newly-created Afro-American studies program at the State University of New York at Binghamton following completion of undergraduate school. 

He married the former Ana Luisa Pujols in 1974. Ana maintains a busy schedule that includes an active medical practice in the field of internal medicine, and serving as Director Chief Medical Officer for Presbyterian Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. They have two daughters: Emilia and Marisol. Judge McKee is quite active in the community, and serves on the boards of directors of several non profit organizations and institutions including: the Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and the Advisory Committee of City Year Philadelphia. While a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Judge McKee also served on the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission, and was the chair of the Commission for nearly four years during which time he chaired a subcommittee charged with reexamining Pennsylvania*s sentencing guidelines. Since joining the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, was become a member of the Third Circuit Task Force on Equal Treatment in the Courts, and co-chaired the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias of the Task Force. 

Judge McKee is a Trustee of Temple University and recently became an Advisor to the American Law Institute*s Committee on Revising the Model Penal Code. He has traveled to Moscow to address the Council of Russian Judges on the "Independence of an Independent Judiciary," and Ghana to work with the Ghanian judiciary. Although he is not a historian, in 2001, the United States House of Representatives appointed him to serve as a Member of the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Commission to Commemorate on the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of James Madison.  

Judge McKee enjoys time with his family (including their German Shephard, "Chipper"), reading, listening to jazz and classical music, woodworking, and continuing his 30 years of training in the martial arts.

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