Of the Legal Staff
Judge Dolores K. Sloviter, the first woman to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, told President Obama in her official letter of resignation that she plans to maintain 80 percent of her current workload when she accepts status as a senior judge of the court later this month.
The letter, which was released by Sloviter’s chambers Thursday, was dated June 4. Her resignation is set to become effective June 21, exactly 34 years after she took her seat on the Third Circuit as an appointee of President Jimmy Carter. Sloviter served as chief judge of the Third Circuit for most of the 1990s.
“During my tenure, I have had the opportunity to participate in the consideration of some of the most challenging and interesting issues to have come before the federal courts,” she wrote in her letter to Obama.
The longtime judge told Obama that it had been a privilege to serve on the court for more than three decades. “I cannot imagine any job in which I would have had an equivalent opportunity to serve this country,” Sloviter wrote.
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