Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, J.D.;
The American University, B.A.
I have been the Magisterial District Judge since 2012 and am well acquainted with all that this job entails. I also continue to practice law part time which keeps me in touch with various aspects of the law and I believe makes me a better Judge.
Camp Hill, Lemoyne and Wormleysburg
In my opinion, the most important quality in a Judge is a willingness and the ability to apply the law fairly in all cases that come before the Court.
I proactively recuse myself when I see a potential conflict to ensure fair and equitable justice; however, I only recuse a few times a year.
I participate and encourage others to participate in pro bono activities as well as appear at schools and public events to educate the public on the law.
BA Education from Penn State University
JD Law from Dickinson School of Law
30 years experience :criminal, civil, estate cases -Certified Criminal Law Specialist 1992-1998: California -
Coach: high school trial moot court teams-
Advocated and litigated for local animal rescues -
Advocated and litigated for clean, safe water
Camp Hill Borough
The most important qualities in a judge are independence from all influence and endorsement, an open mind, ability to listen, knowledge of the law and the willingness to look for creative alternative dispositions. Justice should not be dispensed in a cookie-cutter fashion, in a vacuum or with the changing whims of the political climate. A judge should hear all the unique facts of each case, fairly presented, and apply the law with compassion, fairness and protection of the community in mind.
I would recuse myself in a case where I have previously represented or opposed a party, or a party is known to me in a manner that would give the appearance of favorable or unfavorable treatment based upon that knowledge. As for subject matter of cases, judges and lawyers take an oath to uphold the law, therefore I see no subject matter that I feel would necessitate recusal from hearing a case.
I would explore evening hours allowing access without fear of losing employment, institute community programs, on-line tutorials on the workings of the court. The court would be available through various methods of communication to hear concerns and questions from the community. I would encourage court facilitated negotiations in civil cases and alternative resolution of minor criminal cases. A party before me will be permitted to clearly,completely state their case. Embrace 'Community" court.