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Collins Seitz

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Collins Seitz
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Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Title:   Former Judge
Station:   Philadelphia, PA
Appointed by:   Lyndon Johnson
Active:   6/9/1966 - 6/1/1989
Chief:   1971-1984
Senior:   6/1/1989-10/16/1998
Preceded by:   John Biggs
Personal History
Born:   1914
Deceased:   10/16/1998
Undergraduate:   University of Delaware '37
Law School:   University of Virginia Law '40

Collins Jacques Seitz (1914-1998) was a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and a judge on the Delaware Supreme Court.

Seitz was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson on February 28, 1966, to a seat vacated by John Biggs; he was confirmed by the Senate on June 9, 1966, and received commission that same day. He served as chief judge from 1971-1984. He assumed senior status on June 1, 1989, and served in that capacity until his death on October 16, 1998.[1]

Seitz was the 1996 recipient of the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award.


  • University of Delaware, A.B., 1937
  • University of Virginia School of Law, LL.B., 1940

Professional career

  • Private practice, Wilmington, Delaware, 1940-1946
  • Vice chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery, 1946-1951
  • Justice, Supreme Court of Delaware, 1949-1951
  • Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery, 1951-1966

Awards and associations


Political offices
Preceded by:
John Biggs
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Jane Roth