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The Honorable Theodore A. McKee

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Appellate Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Peking Duck
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
Putting A Rabbit In A Hat.

Birthplace

Born:
6/5/1947
Birth Location:
Rochester, New York

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Appellate Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Peking Duck
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
Putting A Rabbit In A Hat.

Birthplace

Born:
6/5/1947
Birth Location:
Rochester
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Biography

Judge Theodore A. McKee was born June 5, 1947, in a farming community near Rochester, New York; his mother, Etta V. Payne, was from Culpepper, Virginia, and his father, Clarence V. McKee, was the first black high school basketball player in the state of Indiana. McKee attended Chili Central School in Wheatland, New York, and graduated from Chili Central High School in 1965. McKee attended State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland, where he played football, graduating in 1969.

McKee worked as director of minority recruitment at SUNY Binghampton and recruited students for Jackson State University in Mississippi before enrolling in Syracuse University College of Law. McKee graduated from law school magna cum laude and Order of the Coif; he began his legal career at the firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen in 1975. From 1977 to 1980, McKee served as assistant United States attorney for the eastern district of Pennsylvania. McKee was appointed deputy city solicitor for the city of Philadelphia and then was hired in 1983 as general counsel for the Philadelphia Parking Authority. In 1984, McKee was elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District, Pennsylvania, where he presided over bench trials. McKee was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Clinton in 1994, occupying the seat vacated by Judge A. Leon Higginbotham.

McKee’s community activities include service on the board of the Crime Prevention Association; the Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Center of Philadelphia; and New Directions for Women, Inc. McKee is also is a member of the World Affairs Council and the Urban League of Philadelphia. McKee serves as a trustee of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and of Temple University. Father of two daughters, McKee is a volunteer at Germantown Friends School in Germantown, Pennsylvania.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his mother's birthplace
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his mother's childhood in Rochester, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his mother's young adult years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his father's childhood in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his father's experiences in high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes how his parents met and their occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes the industries in Scottsville, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee recalls his father confronting racial discrimination at a local barbershop
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee recalls his father's ice fishing trip
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee recalls attending Wheatland-Chili Central School in Scottsville, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his favorite high school teachers and subjects
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee talks about attending church as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his love for football and respect for sports players
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee recalls his high school counselor discouraging his college plans
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee recounts his decision to attend State University College at Cortland in New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his experiences at the State University College of Cortland in Cortland, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee remembers founding Uhuru, the black student union at his college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee recalls advocating for a student expelled from college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his favorite professor at the State University College at Cortland in New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee talks about learning karate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee recalls working in admissions at the State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his prisoner rehabilitation program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee recounts his experience at Syracuse University College of Law in New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee recounts his experiences at Syracuse University College of Law in New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee recalls meeting his wife and moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes working for Wolf, Block, Schorr, & Solis-Cohen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee talks about working in the U.S. attorney's office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes working as general counsel for the Philadelphia Parking Authority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee recalls a case he presided over on the Court of Common Pleas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee recalls a case he presided over on the Court of Common Pleas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee explains how he approaches sentencing as a judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee shares his thoughts on drug legalization
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee explains his legal philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his judicial philosophy of neutrality
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee shares his stance on the death penalty
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes encountering defendants that he sentenced
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee explains the insanity defense
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee shares his thoughts on juvenile violence and incarceration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee talks about the cases of Ruben "Hurricane" Carter and Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee shares his opinion of television judges
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee talks about his father and brother
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes training judges in Ghana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee talks about his mother and daughters
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Theodore A. McKee describes how he would like to be remembered