Paul V. Niemeyer
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit|
August 7, 1990
|Appointed by||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Harrison Winter|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland|
February 22, 1988 – August 7, 1990
|Appointed by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||Frank Kaufman|
|Succeeded by||Benson Legg|
April 5, 1941 |
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Kenyon College
University of Munich
University of Notre Dame
Paul Victor Niemeyer (born April 5, 1941) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Niemeyer was born in Princeton, New Jersey. He attended Kenyon College (A.B., 1962), where he played on the school's baseball team. He then studied at the University of Munich, before pursuing his legal education at Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1966). Niemeyer was admitted to the Maryland bar and practiced commercial law at Piper & Marbury (now DLA Piper) in Baltimore, Maryland from 1966 to 1988. In 1984, Niemeyer co-authored the Maryland Rules Commentary, a treatise on the rules of procedure in the Maryland state courts. From 1973 to 1988, he was a member of the Maryland Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. In 2006, Niemeyer published A Path Remembered: The Lives of Gerhart & Lucie Niemeyer. Niemeyer's father, Gerhart Niemeyer (1907–1997), was a political philosopher and professor of government at the University of Notre Dame. Niemeyer is married and has three sons.
Niemeyer was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on September 11, 1987 to the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, to fill the seat vacated by Frank A. Kaufman. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 19, 1988, and received his commission on February 22, 1988. Niemeyer served on the district court until his appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He was nominated to the Fourth Circuit by President George H. W. Bush on May 11, 1990, to fill the seat vacated by Harrison Lee Winter. Niemeyer was confirmed with the unanimous consent of the United States Senate on August 3, 1990, and received his commission on August 7, 1990. In 1993, Niemeyer became a member of the Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. He served as chair of the committee from 1996 through 2000. Niemeyer is a member of the American Law Institute and has taught Appellate Practice at Duke Law School. His chambers are located in Baltimore, Maryland.
On 28 July 2014, Niemeyer dissented from a 4th Circuit ruling that struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. In his dissent, he argued that under a rational basis test Virginia's ban should be deemed constitutional.
|Jeffrey Klein||1997||1998||Harvard (1997)|
|Neil Richards||1997||1998||Virginia (1997)|
|Steven Warshawsky||1997||1998||Georgetown (1997)|
|Kevin Walsh||2002||2003||Harvard (2002)|
|Donald E. Childress III (Trey)||2004||2005||Duke (2004)|
|Paul Nathanson||2004||2005||Harvard (2004)|
|Karen Servidea||2004||2005||Virginia (2004)|
|Katie Bagley||2005||2006||Virginia (2005)|
|Bryan Killian||2005||2006||Harvard (2005)|
|Micah Schwartzman||2005||2006||Virginia (2005)|
|Jeffrey Davidson||2006||2007||Yale (2006)|
|Matthew Krueger||2006||2007||Minnesota (2006)|
|Michael Nemelka||2006||2007||Virginia (2006)|
|Brian Foster||2007||2008||Notre Dame (2007)|
|Ajeet Pai||2007||2008||Virginia (2007)|
|Keri Steffes||2007||2008||Yale (2007)|
|Andrew Blair-Stanek||2008||2009||Yale (2008)|
|Alison Buckley||2008||2009||Northwestern (2008)|
|Destiny Duron-Deas||2008||2009||Duke (2008)|
|Dave Baltmanis||2009||2010||Northwestern (2009)|
|Christopher DiPompeo||2009||2010||Penn (2009)|
|Nikki Ellington||2009||2010||Virginia (2008)|
|Elise Borochoff||2010||2011||Harvard (2010)|
|Kevin King||2010||2011||Northwestern (2010)|
|Kathryn Ladewski||2010||2011||Michigan (2010)|
|Justin Murray||2011||2012||Georgetown (2010)|
|Jonathan David Shaub||2011||2012||Northwestern (2011)|
|Luke McCloud||2011||2012||Harvard (2011)|
- Gerstein, Josh (28 July 2014). "Court: Virginia same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional". Politico. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- Office of the Governor (February 22, 2011). "Governor Brown Announces Appointments". State of California. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
- Paul V. Niemeyer at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Maryland State Archives
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit