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Federal courthouse in Pittsburgh to bear name of late judge

| Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, 8:06 p.m.

The 1930s-era federal courthouse at the end of Grant Street will be dedicated this month as the Joseph F. Weis Jr. United States Courthouse in honor of the late federal judge.

Both houses of Congress passed a bill this year to rename the courthouse and former post office for Weis, a decorated World War II veteran, co-founder of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and former senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. President Barack Obama signed the change into law on May 29; on Nov. 20, officials will hold a renaming ceremony, said his son, attorney Joseph F. Weis III.

The building opened in 1934 after a push by then-Treasury Secretary Andrew W. Mellon, and now houses the Pittsburgh division of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

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