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Judge Lewis Appointed to the Board of Advisors for the Peter Jennings Project for Journalism and the Constitution

On May 10, 2010 by Schnader in Appellate

Judge Timothy K. Lewis has been appointed to the board of advisors for the Peter Jennings Project for Journalism and the Constitution. Together with the National Constitution Center, the organization hosts an annual event that brings together journalists, scholars, political leaders and students to examine and understand constitutional issues more deeply. The program, initially funded by the Annenberg Foundation, seeks to illustrate that constitutional matters are not limited to the domain of the court system, academic exchange, or high school civics classes, but rather reach into the fabric of daily life and therefore affect much of what journalists write, broadcast, edit, and produce. The Project is named for Peter Jennings, the late, long-time anchor and editor of ABC News “World News Tonight,” who was a friend of the National Constitution Center and a great admirer of the United States Constitution as a living document. In the last years of his life, he sought to produce stories for his viewers that would communicate the critical role the Constitution plays in the issues and concerns that affect all Americans.

As a member of the Project’s Board of Advisors, Judge Lewis joins a distinguished panel, including Akhil Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University; Guido Calabresi, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Sterling Professor Emeritus of Yale Law School; Geoffrey Cowan, Professor of Communications, University of Southern California; Jane Eisner, Editor-In-Chief, Forward; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court; Alberto Ibarguen, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Sherrilyn Ifill, Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law; Kayce Freed Jennings, Vice President, The Documentary Group; Judith Kaye, Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of the State of New York (ret.); Ted Koppel, Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation; John Lewis, U.S. Representative (D-GA); Richard Stengel, Managing Editor, Time magazine; and David Westin, President, ABC News.

A former federal appeals judge, Judge Lewis is co-chair of Schnader’s Appellate Practice Group. He also serves as a mediator, arbitrator, settlement counselor, and trial and appellate practitioner. Before entering private practice, Judge Lewis served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was serving on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania when President George H. W. Bush elevated him to the Court of Appeals in 1992. At the time of both appointments he was the youngest federal judge in the United States. Before being appointed to the federal bench, Judge Lewis served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and as an Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.