Marjorie Osterlund Rendell received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, she joined the law firm of Duane, Morris & Heckscher, where she subsequently became the second woman to become a partner at the firm. Over the course of her 20-year career as a practicing attorney, she specialized in bankruptcy law and commercial litigation, served as a mediator for the United States District Court, and was a frequent speaker at law-related seminars and panels.
Judge Rendell was inducted as a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1994 and was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1997. She is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an inaugural member and master of the Villanova University School of Law J. Willard O’Brien Inn of Court, an elected member of The American Law Institute, a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the American Judicature Society, and a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. She is the former chair of the Bankruptcy Administration Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. In 2011, Judge Rendell was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts to serve on the seven-member Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
As first lady of Pennsylvania from January of 2003 through January 2011, Judge Rendell’s primary initiative focused on imparting civic responsibility to Pennsylvania’s children through civic learning. To that end, she worked as a lead partner in establishing the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy (PennCORD), an effort that is now housed at the National Constitution Center.
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