President Judge Jack A. Panella


January 2014 to December 2023


  • Catholic University School of Law, J.D., 1980
  • St. John's University, B.S., 1977

Professional Experience

  • Court of Judicial Discipline, 2013-current, President Judge, 2016Court of Judicial Discipline, 1997-2001, President Judge, 2000-2001Judicial Conduct Board, 1997-200, Former Chair, 2000-2001Elected a judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, 2003Appointed a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, 1991; elected to a full term, 1993Solicitor, Northampton County, 1987-1991Assistant Solicitor, Northampton County, 1982-1987Private law practice, 1982-1991Judicial law clerk, Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, 1980-1982

Memberships and Associations

  • American, Pennsylvania and Northampton County Bar Associations
  • American Judges Association
  • Commission for Justice Initiatives in Pennsylvania
  • Commonwealth Partners Program, Former Chair

Awards and Honors

  • Conference of State Trial Judges, President's Award, 2002


  • The Pennsylvania Sexual Violence Benchbook, 2007
  • The Judicial Branch, Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System, video script, 2006
  • Article: Finding Common Ground Between Governmental Branches: The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Partners Program, ABA Judges Journal, 2004