Patty Shwartz L’86 confirmed to appellate bench
The Senate voted April 9, 2013 to confirm New Jersey’s Patty Shwartz to a lifetime appointment on the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, filling an seat that became vacant almost two years ago.
Shwartz, a federal magistrate in Newark, was nominated to the second-highest court bench in the country by President Obama on Oct. 5, 2011. Her nomination was briefly held up by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Philadelphia, hears appeals from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A native of Paterson, Shwartz has been a magistrate judge for the District of New Jersey since 2003.
Matt Cartwright L’86 takes seat in U.S. Congress
Matthew A. “Matt” Cartwright L’86 was sworn in on January 3, 2013 as a member of the 113th U.S. Congress, representing Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district.
For the past 25 years Cartwright worked as an attorney and partner for Munley, Munley and Cartwright, a Scranton firm specializing in representation of victims and consumers in personal litigation.
Since 2009 he has served as a member of the Board of Governors for American Association for Justice. Cartwright was the on-air legal analyst for The Law & You (from 2005 until 2011). In the segment, aired nightly during NBC affiliate WBRE-TV’s evening newscast, he fielded viewer questions on legal matters.
A self-professed “FDR Democrat,” Cartwright defeated 10-term incumbent Blue Dog Congressman Tim Holden, the dean of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, in the Democratic primary. He went on to defeat Republican Laureen Cummings in the November general election.