Justice Thomas G. Saylor

Term

January 2008 to December 2017

Education

  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1969
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1972
  • University of Virginia School of Law, LL.M., 2004

Professional Experience

  • General practice of law, 1972-82
  • First Assistant District Attorney, Somerset County, 1973-76
  • Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection, Director, 1982-83
  • First Deputy Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1983-87
  • Private law practice, 1987-93
  • Elected a judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, 1993
  • Elected a justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1997

Memberships and Associations

  • American Bar Association, Appellate Judges Conference
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • American Law Institute

Awards and Honors

  • Widener University School of Law, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, 2002
  • Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, 2012

Publications

  • Death-Penalty Stewardship and the Current State of Pennsylvania Capital Jurisprudence, 23 WIDENER L.J. 1 (2013)
  • Fourth Amendment Departures and Sustainability in State Constitutionalism, 22 WIDENER L.J. 1 (2012)
  • Power and Prerogative: Reflections on Judicial Suspension of Laws, 21 WIDENER L.J. 259 (2012)
  • On the Nature of Judging, 20 WIDENER L.J. 681 (2011)
  • Right for Any Reason: An Unsettled Doctrine at the Supreme Court Level and an Anecdotal Experience With Former Chief Justice Cappy, 47 DUQ. L. REV. 489 (2009)
  • Prophylaxis in Modern State Constitutionalism: New Judicial Federalism and the Acknowledged, Prophylactic Rule, 59 N.Y.U. SURV. AM. L. 283 (2003)