Continuing Judicial Education Board of Judges

In December 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted continuing judicial education requirements for judges serving the Supreme, Commonwealth and Superior courts, as well as the Courts of Common Pleas, the Philadelphia Municipal Court and certified senior judges of each. A well-educated judiciary is essential to the fair and impartial administration of justice.

Continuing judicial education had been on-going but there was no formalized process to track attendance or to ensure the jurists’ diverse educational needs were being met.

The formalized education program will help judges and justices stay abreast of changes in law, procedure, behavioral science, technological advancement and legal circumstances unique to Pennsylvania. Jurists are required to earn each year a minimum of three hours of continuing education in judicial ethics and nine hours in judicial practice and related areas.

The Supreme Court order outlining judicial education requirements established a Board of Judges comprised of judges from courts impacted by the new policy, among others, and reflects the diversity of Pennsylvania’s judiciary, including court size and divisional assignment. The Board, whose members are not compensated, will make accreditation decisions, grant waivers and deferrals and hear non-compliance appeals.

Board Members

Chair
Judge Terrence R. Nealon
Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas

Vice Chair
Judge Kathryn M. Hens-Greco
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Anita LaFrance Allen, J.D., Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Faculty, University of Pennsylvania

Judge Ida K. Chen
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Senior Judge John M. Cleland
McKean County Court of Common Pleas

Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer
Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania

Dean Maureen Lally-Green, J.D.
Dean, Duquesne University School of Law

President Judge Richard A. Lewis
Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County

President Judge Stephen P.B. Minor
Potter County Court of Common Pleas

President Judge Edward D. Reibman
Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas

Judge Karen Yvette Simmons
Philadelphia Municipal Court

Judge Victor P. Stabile
Superior Court of Pennsylvania