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Bechtle, Louis Charles

Born 1927 in Philadelphia, PA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Nominated by Richard M. Nixon on February 14, 1972, to a seat vacated by John W. Lord, Jr. Confirmed by the Senate on March 2, 1972, and received commission on March 7, 1972. Served as chief judge, 1990-1993. Assumed senior status on April 30, 1993. Service terminated on June 30, 2001, due to retirement.

Temple University, B.S., 1951
Temple University School of Law, LL.B., 1954

Professional Career:

U.S. Army, 1946-1947
Assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1956-1959
Private practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1959-1962
Private practice, Norristown, Pennsylvania, 1962-1969
U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1969-1972
Member, U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, 1994-2001