Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
The Court of Common Pleas is primarily a trial court. There are four divisions of the Court of Common Pleas: Civil, Criminal, Orphans’, and Family. The judges can be assigned from one division to another as needed. Judges can run on both the Republican and Democratic tickets.Term: 10 years
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Is gun violence best addressed as a public health and public safety issue or as a law enforcement issue?
Describe your legal experience in the Civil, Criminal, Family and Orphans Division and why these qualify you to be a judge?
B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1999
J.D., Duquesne University, 2002
Qualifications for office
I have been an attorney for over 16 years. Throughout my career, I have tried cases in state and federal court and have brought resolution to legal disputes outside of court. I have a deep love and respect for the law and for people. I have a very strong drive to help people and believe that my legal experience, temperament, compassion and work ethic would serve the bench well. I would take to heart the important responsibilities that come with administering justice and would strive to bring fair resolution to people's legal problems in every case.
5th Judicial District (Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County)
As an attorney and resident of Pittsburgh, I have seen the devastation that gun violence has on communities. As a mother, I am keenly aware that gun violence poses a serious threat to our children and families. Gun violence is a public health and public safety issue but law enforcement also has a role in addressing it. Despite any personal beliefs that I may have on this issue, I am running for judge and the role of a judge is to apply laws as they exist including laws relating to gun ownership or violence. If elected, I promise to uphold the law.
I regularly practice in two of the four divisions of the Court of Common Pleas, the Civil Division and the Orphans' Court Division. My civil practice requires me to work closely with and analyze contractual and statutory provisions and has honed my analytical and trial skills. In my Orphans' Court practice, I have litigated fiduciary issues, guardianship matters, will and trust challenges and other emotionally-charged disputes primarily amongst family members. Maintaining composure and an even temperament are critical in these cases and are critical to excelling as a judge.
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