Judge Profile

M. Faith Angell

Judicial Experience:

  • United States Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Appointed (1990)

Other Professional Experience:

  • Administrative Law Judge, United State Social Security Administration, Office of Hearings & Appeals, 1988 to 1990
  • Regional Director, United States Senior Executive Service, 1980 to 1988
  • Regional Counsel, Interstate Commerce Commission, 1978 to 1980
  • Assistant Attorney General then Deputy Attorney General & Chief, Division of Civil Litigation, Pennsylvania Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, Eastern Region, 1972 to 1978
  • Assistant District Attorney, City of Philadelphia, 1971 to 1972
  • Adjunct Professor, Temple University School of Law, 1973-1994

Education:

  • JD, Temple University School of Law, 1971
  • Bryn Mawr College, 1965
  • AB, Mount Holyoke College, 1959

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Academy of Certified Social Workers
  • Federal Magistrate Judges' Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Temple American Inn of Court
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • Executive Board, Temple Law Alumni Association
  • Temple Law Alumni, Executive Board
  • Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research, Board of Advisors

Staff:

  • Shelli MacElderry, Deputy Clerk

Rules/Procedures:

  • Do you have any special rules governing courtroom decorum (e.g., addressing the court, dealing with opposing counsel and witnesses, proper attire, etc.)? Judge Angell expects counsel to be on time when appearing before her and to be courteous with each other, both in the presence of the Court and otherwise. She also requests that counsel discuss matters with opposing counsel before bringing them to her attention.

  • Describe motions practice in your court. Are there any local practices that attorneys should be aware of? Judge Angell expects a courtesy copy of all motion papers to be sent directly to her chambers, and, unless permission is granted, does not permit the filing of reply and surreply briefs.

  • Are there any special practices or procedures lawyers appearing before you should know about? Judge Angell actively encourages settlement discussions and makes herself available to discuss settlement if all parties wish her to be involved. Each attorney appearing for a party at a settlement conference must have authority to settle on behalf of his/her client. The parties are expected to be present, unless prior leave of court for telephone availability has been granted. Judge Angell typically discourages the submission of trial and settlement briefs. Briefs submitted on the day of a settlement conference will not be read.

  • Any suggestions, admonitions or recommendations you would make to lawyers appearing before you? Judge Angell prefers filings by fax and generally does not accept e-mail filings. Any questions as to procedure may be directed to Judge Angell's law clerks.

  • Can the court be contacted by fax? Yes

  • Does the court accept filings by fax? Yes