B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University,
J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law
Former Law Clerk to the late Judge Elizabeth Ehrlich,
Family Law Litigator for 24 years,
Extensive Trial Court Experience
There are two reasons that motivate me to run for this office. First, I have been a family law litigator for 24 years with extensive trial court experience. I have represented people from all walks of life and am proud and privileged to have helped them through some of the toughest times of their lives. Helping people with these very sensitive and intimate issues leaves me with a sense of pride and accomplishment. All of my clients are treated with respect, compassion and fairness. These are the same traits that I believe are instrumental for a Judge to demonstrate on the bench. Secondly, as a product of the system, I understand the importance and depth of Judge's decisions. The Judge that decided my destiny when I was 5 years old had the wisdom to know that my best interests were to be with my grandmother. I am so grateful that the Judge made the right decision, which not only molded my career path but has allowed me to be a judicial candidate running for this position.
There are 2 positions that are being filled with this election. Both retiring Judges sat on the family bench. I am the only candidate with 24 years of extensive and complex family law litigation experience. Within my family law practice, I am exposed to a variety of different areas of the law, which has provided knowledge and experience in all areas of the court system. Family law mandates frequent court proceedings which has provided me with not only familiarity with the workings of the courtroom but trial court experience. As attorneys, our job responsibilities are to be a successful advocate for a client, which sometimes is served by utilizing skills other than litigation. As a family law attorney, I have been privileged to develop unique skills of creative problem solving, intuition and empathy, which will serve the Berks County community well. These skills coupled with respect, fairness to all litigants and application of the law make me the right choice for this position.
Arguably the most conservative Justice in recent US Supreme Court history, Clarence Thomas is well-known for his conservative leanings. He strongly supports state's rights and takes a strict constructivist approach to interpreting the US Constitution. He has consistently taken political conservative positions in decisions dealing with executive power, free speech, the death penalty and affirmative action. Thomas is unafraid of voicing his dissent with the majority, even when it is politically unpopular. Justice Thomas was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1991 by Republican President George H.W. Bush.
The most important quality that I bring to the bench is a strong undeniable work ethic. Growing up on a farm definitely cemented my foundation for hard work, perseverance and dedication. As a little girl, we were expected to help on the farm with chores. During the summer months when the majority of my friends were enjoying break, I was helping on the farm to earn my keep. These job responsibilities as a young child have grounded me and have allowed me to appreciate where I am today. I began babysitting when I was 13 years old and simply have continued working ever since. I honestly cannot remember a time when I didn't have a job. Being the first person in my family to seek higher education, I worked to put myself through college and law school. When I began my law career, I knew no one in the legal community. It was through my dedication to the profession and my clients that allowed me to build a successful law practice assisting Berks County families and children.
St. Joseph's University-Bachelor's Degree;
Temple University-Juris Doctorate; and
Temple University - Masters in Law
Over 32 years of experience in the trial and appellate courts of Pennsylvania in many areas of law.
Each and every day, people go to our courts for matters of great importance to themselves. Each person’s personal security and interests rest entirely upon the wisdom, stability and integrity of the judges presiding in our courts. Wisdom, stability and integrity are drawn from a lifetime of personal and professional experience.
After more than 32 years of extensive legal experience together with life experience raising my family, I am running for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Berks County because Integrity & Experience Matter. I am confident I possess all of the qualities necessary to serve the people of Berks County. I will use my lengthy experience as an attorney and counsellor at law to serve the people of Berks County with honor and distinction.
I have practiced law for more than 32 years. Within that time, I have engaged in an extraordinarily large number of cases and types of law. My career began in the Berks County District Attorney’s Office for more than eight years. Upon entering private practice, I have handled criminal, family and civil matters. I have represented clients in a variety of matters including employment and labor issues, banking, insurance, construction, real estate, zoning and land use, among many others. I also have extensive appellate experience in the Pennsylvania and Federal appeals courts.
I have been specially appointed by the Courts to serve in judicial roles. Most significantly, I have been appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve as a hearing officer in attorney disciplinary matters.
I have a masters of law degree specifically related to trying cases, and I have taught at the law school level.
Additionally, I have been active in the community having served on many boards.
My favorite Supreme Court Justice is Lewis Powell, who was appointed in the early 1970's. Powell once said, “Equal justice under law is not merely a caption on the facade of the Supreme Court building; it is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society. It is one of the ends for which our entire legal system exists . . . it is fundamental that justice should be the same, in substance and availability, without regard to economic status.” He also observed, the guarantee of equal protection cannot mean one thing when applied to one individual and something else when applied to another.
Justice Powell firmly understood the role of the judiciary in our government. Additionally, was the embodiment of civility on the bench and serves as an example for all parties, attorneys and judges as to what our Founding Fathers expected of the judiciary.
The most important quality that I bring to the bench, and that distinguishes me for others, is the wisdom earned from the length and scope of my experience. I have practiced law longer than any other candidate and in more areas of law. I am uniquely qualified to immediately start working in any the the major divisions of the courts on the first day.
Importantly, the Court of Common Pleas has original jurisdiction over all legal matters and appellate jurisdiction from various governmental and local agencies. As both a trial attorney and an appellate attorney, I will bring unmatched experience to the bench setting me apart from others.
Every person that appears in court needs to know the judge they are appearing before has the wisdom to decide the case before the court fairly and responsibly. Wisdom is derived from lengthy, broad based experience. I have the hard earned wisdom that is the most important quality I will bring to the court.