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District Judge District 49-03-05

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    Steven F. Lachman

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

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Date of Birth 3/15/1958
Education B.A. in Political Science, Vassar College, 1980. J.D. cum laude, Vermont Law School, 1985. M.S. in Geography, Penn State University, 1999. Ph.D. in Geography, Penn State University, 2003.
Qualifications - Magisterial District Judge in State College since January 2014. - Member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Judicial Administration Committee - Member of the Centre County Criminal Justice Advisory Board. - Assistant Professor of Legal Writing, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, 2008-12. - Attorney for Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, 1988-1997. - Attorney for Allegheny County Public Defender's Office, 1986-1988. - Author of four law journal articles.
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As a Magisterial District Judge, I seek to: (1) make the court a welcoming place where people are respected and know their grievances will be heard and judged fairly; (2) educate persons who have made bad decisions so that they understand their own motivations and can take control of their lives in a positive way; (3) apply the law so as to uphold the legislature's intent and simultaneously treat people fairly and preserves their constitutional rights.

1. Justice is not rushed. I listen patiently to all cases before me. I take the time to explain my decisions and to explain the law. I expect my staff to provide the highest level of service to the court's clientele. We take public service seriously. For persons of diverse cultural or national backgrounds, I go out of my way to make sure they understand our legal system, because if they do not understand it, they will not see it as legitimate. 2. Most of my caseload consists of college students drinking to excess. I try to educate the students to make better decisions and to understand the consequences of alcohol abuse. Most first time offenders can have their cases dismissed if they complete community service and alcohol education. 3. I never forget that the purpose of law is to serve people, and that to prevent overreaching by the government, constitutional rights must be protected. The law is not stagnant. I actively keep up with changes in the and participate in dialog to improve it.