Separation of Powers: Who should decide what the law means?

The Discussions on Governance Distinguished Lecture Series

January 8, 2019 / 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.


The Honorable D. Michael Fisher 

Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit (Judge Fisher has served in all three branches of Government), Distinguished Jurist in Residence, PittLaw 

Join us as Judge Fisher presents: 

Separation of Powers:  Who should decide what the law means?

Judge Fisher is a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was nominated by President George W. Bush, confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate in December 2003 and assumed Senior Status in 2017. Prior to becoming a judge, he served as Attorney General of Pennsylvania having been elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2000. Judge Fisher personally argued major cases in state and federal appellate courts and in March 1998, he successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court a precedent-setting case ensuring that paroled criminals meet the conditions of their release. Before his election as Attorney General, Judge Fisher was in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, serving six years in the State House and 16 years as a member of the State Senate. He began his legal career as an Assistant DA in his hometown of Pittsburgh following his graduation from Georgetown University and its Law Center. He continued to practice law during his career in the General Assembly and was a shareholder or partner in various firms, including Houston Harbaugh, where he practiced from 1984 to 1997. Judge Fisher served for six years on the Budget Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference and now serves on the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction. Judge Fisher currently chairs the PBA’s Federal Practice Committee, the Third Circuit Attorney Disciplinary Committee and was named as the Initial Distinguished Jurist in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh in the School of Law, where he was an Adjunct Professor for 12 years, and now teaches both Federal Courts and Federal Appellate Advocacy in the fall semester. Judge Fisher has also been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center and The West Virginia College of Law.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for (1) hour of substantive credit. There is a $30 fee for processing CLE credit for this event.

Refreshments will be available following the presentation.

This lecture is sponsored by The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy and co-sponsored by PittHonors, and PittLaw.