2014 Powell Lecture
2014 Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer - Paul V. Niemeyer
March 27, 2014 - Millhiser Moot Court Room
Paul V. Niemeyer sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Before his appointment in August 1990 by President Bush, he sat on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, having been appointed to that court by President Reagan in 1988.
Judge Niemeyer received his A.B. degree from Kenyon College in 1962 and his LL.B./J.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1966 where he was on the editorial board of the law review. Following graduation he joined the Baltimore law firm of Piper & Marbury where he practiced in commercial litigation until his appointment to the bench. He chaired the project to rewrite the Rules of Procedure in Maryland and co-authored the Maryland Rules Commentary, which is now in its third edition. For his work he received the Special Merit Citation of the American Judicature Society. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for seven years, chairing the Committee for four. During his term as Chair, he oversaw the 2000 changes to the discovery rules, and the 1998 changes to the class action rule.
In 2006, Judge Niemeyer published a historical and biographical book about his family, A Path Remembered. He has also written for numerous law journals.
Judge Niemeyer is a member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He was a lecturer on Advance Business law at Johns Hopkins University and currently is a senior lecturing fellow in appellate advocacy at the Duke University Law School.