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W. Scott Hardy

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Scott Hardy
Judge W. Scott Hardy.jpg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
July 31, 2020
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byNora Barry Fischer
Personal details
William Scott Hardy

1971 (age 49–50)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican[1]
EducationAllegheny College (BA)
Notre Dame Law School (JD)

William Scott Hardy (born 1971)[2] is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.


Hardy earned his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Allegheny College and his Juris Doctor from Notre Dame Law School.[3]

Legal career

Hardy practiced for more than a decade at Cohen & Grigsby. He previously served as President of the Dean W. Edward Sell Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Before becoming a judge, he was a shareholder in the Pittsburgh office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, where his practice focused on labor and employment matters.[3]

Federal judicial service

On November 6, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Hardy to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. On December 2, 2019, his nomination was sent to the Senate. President Trump nominated Hardy to the seat vacated by Judge Nora Barry Fischer, who took senior status on June 13, 2019.[4] Pennsylvania Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey Jr. endorsed the nomination.[1] On January 3, 2020, his nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate.[5] On January 6, 2020, his renomination was sent to the Senate.[6] A hearing on his nomination before the Senate Judiciary Committee was held on January 8, 2020.[7] On May 14, 2020, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 14–8 vote.[8] On July 23, 2020, the full United States Senate invoked cloture on his nomination by a 60–32 vote. On July 27, 2020, the Senate confirmed his nomination by a 65–30 vote.[9] He received his judicial commission on July 31, 2020.


  1. ^ a b Erdley, Deb (November 6, 2019). "Trump nominates Scott Hardy to federal bench in Pittsburgh". Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  2. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: Scott Hardy
  3. ^ a b "President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees" White House, November 6, 2019 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "Eight Nominations and One Withdrawal Sent to the Senate", White House, December 2, 2019
  5. ^ "PN1312 – Nomination of William Scott Hardy for The Judiciary, 116th Congress (2019–2020)". January 3, 2020. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  6. ^ "Twenty-one Nominations Sent to the Senate", White House, January 6, 2020
  7. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for January 8, 2020
  8. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – May 14, 2020, Senate Judiciary Committee
  9. ^ "Nomination Description: William Scott Hardy, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania". United States Senate. July 27, 2020. Retrieved September 23, 2020.

External links

Legal offices
Preceded by
Nora Barry Fischer
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

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