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Barron Patterson McCune

Barron Patterson McCune

31st Commissioned Judge,
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania


Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Nominated by Richard M. Nixon on December 8, 1970, to a new seat created by 84 Stat. 294; Confirmed by the Senate on December 16, 1970; received commission on December 18, 1970; sworn in on January 22, 1971.

Assumed senior status on April 1, 1985; retired on April 30, 1995.

Case of Interest:
County of Allegheny, et al. v. American Civil Liberties Union et al., 492 U.S. 573 (1989) affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of Judge McCune, holding that a nativity scene at a courthouse violated the establishment clause of the Constitution, but that a menorah next to a Christmas tree in the courthouse was not unconstitutional.

Professional Career:
Private practice, Washington, Pennsylvania, 1939-1964
Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Washington County, Pennsylvania, 1964-1971

Memberships and Boards:
Trustee Emeritus, Washington and Jefferson College and Washington Hospital

Washington and Jefferson College, A.B., 1935
University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.B., 1938

Born 1915 in West Newton, PA

Personal Interest:
U.S. Naval Reserve, 1942-1948