Judge Profile

Thomas M. Blewitt

Judicial Experience:

  • Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, Appointed, 1992 to 2016

Other Professional Experience:

  • Associate, Lenahan & Dempsey, 1988 to 1989
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1986 to 1988
  • Assistant District Attorney, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, 1984 to 1986
  • Associate, Law Office of Marshall Anders, 1983 to 1984
  • Special Investigator, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Pennsylvania Department of Justice, 1972 to 1980
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1989-1992


  • JD, Temple University School of Law, 1983
  • Marywood College, 1979
  • BA, University of Scranton, 1972

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Federal Magistrate Judges' Association
  • Lackawanna County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association


  • John A. Morano, Law Clerk
  • Mary Rose Schirra, Judicial Assistant


  • Describe motions practice in your court. Are there any local practices that attorneys should be aware of? Judge Blewitt does not desire courtesy copies of motions, briefs, and other writings.

  • Are there any special practices or procedures lawyers appearing before you should know about? Judge Blewitt allows more than one attorney to handle a case for a party.

  • Does the court accept filings by e-mail? The Court prefers no e-mail contact. Contact by fax is acceptable. The Court does not normally accept filings by fax or email.