Judge Robert "Robin" Simpson


January 2012 to December 2021


  • Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • Dickinson College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1973

Professional Experience

  • Elected a judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, 2001; retained 2011
  • Adjunct Professor, Dickinson School of Law, 1998-2005
  • Elected a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, 1989
  • Private law practice, 1979-89
  • Judicial law clerk, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, 1976-78

Memberships and Associations

  • American, Pennsylvania, Dauphin and Northampton County Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Minor Judiciary Education Board, 1999-2009
  • Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges
  • Judge James S. Bowman American Inns of Court
  • The American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects
  • Boy Scouts of America, Advisory Committee

Awards and Honors

  • "Highly Recommended" for election to Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2001
  • Freedom High School Circle of Excellence, Inducted May, 2000
  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, certified 1984


  • “Important Trends in Pennsylvania Land Use,” 79 Pa. B.A.Q. 47 (2008)
  • “Current Trends in Pennsylvania Land Use,” 77 Pa. B.A.Q. 23 (2006)
  • "Limits on Students' Speech in the Internet Age," 105 Dick. L. Rev. 181 (Winter 2001)
  • “Ten Aspects of Jury Selection Every Lawyer Should Know,” Trial Tactics, Tips & Techniques, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (1999 rev.)
  • "Model of Success: Northampton County Resolves Cases with Summary Jury Trials," PLW, March 22, 1999, at S6
  • “How to Get Your Underinsured Client Discharged,” Counterpoint, (January, 1989)
  • “Pennsylvania’s Recreation Use of Land and Waters Act,” Counterpoint, (October, 1986)