Frank D. Wagner

Frank D. Wagner


Frank D. Wagner (born August 6, 1945) was the 15th Reporter of Decisions of the United States Supreme Court, serving from 1987 to 2010.

Born in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, Mr. Wagner received his A.B. from Cornell University in 1967 (English) and his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law in 1970. After practicing law in Pottstown, PA, he was a legal editor with the Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company in Rochester, NY, and later with the Research Institute of America in Washington, DC, where he served as managing editor of publications on federal employment law. See F. Wagner, Official Law Reporting at the U. S. Supreme Court, in Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Official Law Reporting 40 (2004), pp. 40-49; id., at 114, During his tenure as Reporter of Decisions, Wagner was responsible for 82 volumes of the U.S. Reports, more than any previous Reporter. See October Term 2009 S. Ct. J. 1030, He also led the team that created the Supreme Court’s first Web site, see Wagner, supra, at 48, and co-wrote the Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions’ influential position paper on “official” on-line documents, http://arjd.washlaw./ARJD_Statement%20of%Principles_May2008.pdf.

In retirement, Mr. Wagner serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Scribes—the American Society of Legal Writers, does adjunct editorial work for the Cornell Legal Information Institute, the Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions, and the Supreme Court Historical Society, and lectures occasionally for the Office of the Curator, U. S. Supreme Court.

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