Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille


January 2014 to December 2023


  • Auburn University, B.S., 1966
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1971

Military Experience

  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 1st Lieutenant
  • Rifle platoon commander, Vietnam
  • Medically retired
  • Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V"
  • Two Purple Heart Medals
  • Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry
  • Presidential Unit & Naval Unit Citations
  • Combat Action Ribbon

Professional Experience

  • Assistant and Deputy District Attorney, Philadelphia, 1971-85
  • District Attorney, Philadelphia, 1986-91
  • Private practice, Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay, 1991-93
  • Elected a justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1993
  • Sworn in as Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, January 2008

Memberships and Associations

  • Conference of Chief Justices, Board of Directors 2010-2012, Current Member
  • American Law Institute, Elected Member
  • Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports, Director
  • Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Secretary and Vice President
  • Philadelphia USO, Director
  • National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, Director
  • President's Commission on Model State Drug Laws, Commissioner, 1992-93
  • Pennsylvania Advisory Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1992-97
  • Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Legislative Chairman, 1986-91
  • National District Attorneys Association, Vice President and Legislative Chairman, 1986-91
  • Urban Coalition of Philadelphia, Board Member, 1988-91
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission, Executive Board Member, 1986-91
  • Police Athletic League, Board Member, 1986-91
  • Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America, Executive Committee, 1986-2000

Awards and Honors

  • The Amen Corner Judge Robert E. Dauer for Judicial Leadership and Excellence Award, 2014
  • Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) Excellence Award, 2011 and 2013
  • The Penn Club, William Penn Award, 2013
  • Philadelphia Bar Association William J. Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award, 2013
  • Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Distinguished Service Award, 2012
  • Pennsylvania Bar Foundation/Pennsylvania Bar Association Judge of the Year Award, 2011
  • Lawyers’ Club of Philadelphia, 2010
  • Philadelphia Brehon Law Society, Freedom and Justice Award, 2008
  • Justinian Society, Outstanding Service Award, 2008
  • Philadelphia District Attorneys Alumni Association, Raymond J. Harley Award, 2007
  • Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Award, 2002
  • Military Order of World Wars, Patrick Henry Award for Patriotic Achievement, 2000
  • Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Dedicated Service Award, 2000
  • Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, Profiles in Courage Award, 1997
  • National District Attorneys Association, President's Award for Outstanding Service, 1991
  • Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, Man of the Year, 1988
  • Pennsylvania Disabled Veterans, Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year Award, 1988
  • National Disabled American Veterans, Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year Award, 1988
  • Institute for the Study of American Wars, Spirit of America Award, 1988
  • Pennsylvania SPCA, Caroline Earle White Award, 1988
  • Pennsylvania County and State Detectives Association, Distinguished Public Service Award, 1987
  • Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, Layman Award, 1987