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Court of Common Pleas Judge 38th Judicial District (Montgomery County) - Retention

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As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?

Education Saint Joseph's University, B.A. Loyola University, J.D.
Qualifications 20 years experience in all major divisions. Unanimously elected President Judge by peers. President of the Pa. Conference of State Judges. Recipient of numerous awards for service and innovation. Lecturer on topics of ethics and areas of substantive law. Community leader and volunteer
Municipality Whitpain
County Montgomery
district 38th Judicial District (Montgomery County)
Integrity.
I have recused myself from cases in the course of my career. While each instance must be evaluated individually under the recusal guidelines, as a general rule, recusal should occur when there is an actual conflict of interest OR where my continued involvement would create a reasonable perception of a lack of fairness.
As President Judge, I have instituted numerous reforms to make the Court system more understandable to individuals without counsel. Most every form is written in plain language and easily accessible. Additionally we have developed a series of specialty courts to assist those individuals with unique problems, such as Veterans, those facing foreclosure, and those with mental health issues, to name a few. I frequently do community outreach to educate citizens about the Court and their rights.

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