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Austin Leander Staley

Austin Leander Staley (December 30, 1902 – August 3, 1978) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Staley received an LL.B. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1928. He was in private practice in Pittsburgh from 1928 to 1950. He was an assistant city solicitor in Pittsburgh in 1934. He was a deputy attorney general of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 1934 to 1935. He was a director in the state Workmen's Compensation Bureau from 1935 to 1936. He was a deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry from 1936 to 1939.

On April 27, 1950, Staley was nominated by President Harry S. Truman to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated by John Joseph O'Connell. Staley was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 27, 1950, and received his commission on July 5, 1950. He served as chief judge from 1966 to 1967, assuming senior status on December 31, 1967. Staley served in that capacity until his death, in 1978.


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