Midge Rendell is a federal judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia. She practiced as an attorney for 20 years as a partner at the Philadelphia firm of Duane, Morris & Heckscher, where she focused on bankruptcy and commercial litigation. In 1994, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to serve as a judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
In 1997, she was once again nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate, this time for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She assumed senior status on July 1, 2015, but continues to manage a full caseload. In 1993, Rendell founded Avenue of the Arts, Inc., and was a founding member of The Board of Directors of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Rendell served as the First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during her husband Ed Rendell’s tenure as governor from 2003 to 2011.