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District Judge District 49-01-01

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    Donald M. Hahn
    (D/R)

Biographical Information

If elected, what will be your three top priorities, and how will you address them?

Date of Birth October 20, 1964
Education B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1987; and J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 1992.
Qualifications member, State College Borough Council (1996-1999, 2006-2013); recipient, Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award (2003, 2013); president, State College Borough Council (2012-2013); president, Middle District Bankruptcy Bar Association (2015-2016); Mayor of State College (2018 to present)
As magisterial district judge, my top priority would be to maintain the high level of service, fairness, and justice that State College has come to expect from Judge Carmine Prestia and from Judge Clifford Yorks before him. As an attorney since 1992, I have appeared before many judges and intend to emulate those whom I encountered who are patient, inquisitive, transparent, and thoughtful. I would also like to promote restorative justice and greater access to translators. Restorative justice would help educate young summary offenders about the consequences of their actions and give them an opportunity to redeem themselves in the eyes of their victims and the community. Greater access to translators would seek to help even the scales of justice for our growing international community, who may be otherwise handicapped by a limited knowledge of English.