Judge Joseph M. Cosgrove

Term

July 2016 to January 2018

Education

  • Marywood College, M.A. Studio Arts, 1993
  • University of Notre Dame School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • University of Notre Dame, M.A. Theology, 1982
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. Government and International Studies, 1979

Professional Experience

  • Appointed judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, 2016
  • Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 2014-15
  • Private law practice, 1983-2010; 2012-14
  • Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Luzerne County, 2010-12
  • Chair, Luzerne County Board of Elections, 2000-01; 2003-04
  • Conflict Counsel, Luzerne County, 1993-2010
  • Adjunct Faculty, King's College, Wilkes Barre, 1988-present
  • Assistant Public Defender, Luzerne County, 1988-93
  • Judicial clerk to Judge Peter Paul Olszewski, Sr., Superior Court of Pennsylvania, 1985
  • Solicitor, Pittston Township Zoning Hearing Board, 1984-2010
  • Assistant Dean of Students, King's College, Wilkes Barre, 1983-85

Memberships and Associations

  • Trustee, Marywood University 2002-11
  • Board of Directors, Ethics Institute of N.E. Pennsylvania, Misericordia University 2006-09
  • Past President, Luzerne County Bar Association
  • Past President, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee 2009-14
  • Member, Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee 2007-10
  • Member, Lawyers' Advisory Committee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 2005-08
  • Actor, "The West Wing" television show; one episode each in 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Kozel Award, Peace and Justice Center
  • Rosa Parks Award, Myers Debate Club