Criminal Justice Speaker Series - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee

Criminal Justice Speaker Series

Monday, February 20, 2023 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM EST
Online Location

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The Criminal Justice Speaker Series is a vibrant component of the MS in Criminal Justice graduate program. The speaker series brings individuals working at the cutting edge of criminal justice issues to Mason. All members of the Criminology, Law and Society Department are invited to attend.

We are very excited to announce a talk by The Honorable Theodore A. McKee, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Ted McKee was sworn in as a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on June 20, 1994 and became Chief Judge of that court on May 4, 2010.  He graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 1975 where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and earned several honors for outstanding academic performance.

He began his legal career at a large Philadelphia law firm, but left there in 1977 to begin his career in public service. He has since been an Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy Solicitor in the Law Department of the City of Philadelphia, and General Counsel to the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

He was elected to a 10-year term as a Judge of the Court of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania in 1984.

While a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Judge McKee chaired the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission.

He was appointed to the Court of Appeals by President Clinton shortly after being retained for a second 10 year term on the Court of Common Pleas.

Judge McKee serves on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations and institutions including the Vera Institute of Justice, Syracuse University and the National Constitution Center.  He is also a member of the Board of Visitors of Temple Law School, an honorary member of the Board of Visitors of Syracuse University Law School, and has been an advisor to the American Law Institute’s Project to revise the sentencing provisions of the Model Penal Code. Before becoming Chief Judge of the Third Circuit, he served on the Criminal Law Committee of the United States Judicial Conference. Most recently, Judge McKee was appointed to serve as a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Law and Justice, and is one of the inaugural members of the Council on Criminal Justice, a national thinktank comprised of leading scholars, lawyers and judges that focuses on issues related to criminal justice and criminal justice reform.

Judge McKee’s official travels have included Ghana, where he taught law and worked with the Ghanaian Supreme Court; as well as Russia, where he had the honor of addressing the Council of the Russian Judiciary on the Independence of the American Judiciary.



  • We kindly ask that you RSVP by end of day Thursday, February 16, 2023. Zoom link will be sent on February 17th to all who RSVP using the email address listed in the RSVP form.
  • In-person space is available in conjunction with Dr. Charlotte Gill's CRIM 517 class, which meets in Horizon 4000. This is available on a first-come, first-served basis due to classroom capacity. Please denote in the comment area of the RSVP form whether you plan to attend via Zoom or in-person.
    • The speaker will be joining the event remotely via Zoom.
  • For questions about this event, please contact Dr. Charlotte Gill ( and/or Brielle Manovich (
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