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U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) are accepting applications from persons interested in being considered for appointment to the position of Federal District Court Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (MDPA).  The U.S. District Court for the MDPA serves 33 counties from offices in Scranton, Harrisburg, Williamsport, and Wilkes-Barre.


Senators Casey and Toomey will employ the following process to fill vacancies on the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania:

  • A judicial nomination advisory panel will be established in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
  • This panel will screen applicants for judicial vacancies and submit the names of qualified applicants to the two U.S. Senators.
  • Senators Casey and Toomey will each appoint panel members and one co-chair.  The co-chairs will be: Neil T. O’Donnell of O’Donnell Law Offices and Gerald K. Morrison of Smigel, Anderson & Sacks, LLP.


In order to be considered for a U.S. District Court Judge position in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, please visit the following link to fill out and submit an online application:

The deadline for submitting a completed application is Thursday, July 8, 2021.

For any questions regarding the application process, please email and