President Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer


January 2022 to December 2031


  • Duke University School of Law, LL.M., Judicial Studies, 2014
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Editor Law Review, 1983
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1978

Professional Experience

  • Elected to serve as the 11th President Judge of the Commonwealth Court on January 7, 2022
  • Elected a Judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, 2001; retained 2011
  • Commissioner, South Whitehall Township, 2000-01
  • Counsel, ATX Telecommunications Services, 1997-2001
  • Assistant Solicitor, Lehigh County, 1997-99
  • Deputy Solicitor, Lehigh County, 1996-97
  • Arbitrator, Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, 1994-2001
  • Assistant Professor, DePaul College of Law, 1985-87
  • Private law practice, 1984-96
  • Teaching fellow, Stanford Law School, 1983-84

Memberships and Associations

  • Judicial Conduct Board, Chair 2022; Vice Chair 2021; Secretary 2020-2021
  • Member, Council of Chief Judges State Courts of Appeal
  • Former Member, Continuing Judicial Education Board of Judges
  • Former Chair, Appellate Procedural Rules Committee of the Supreme Court
  • Former Co-Chair, Public Access Working Group of the Supreme Court
  • Former Member Judicial Advisory Board, George Mason University School of Law, Law & Economics Center
  • American, Pennsylvania, Lehigh and Centre County Bar Associations
  • Workers’ Compensation Liaison Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Women in the Profession Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • James S. Bowman American Inns of Court, Master Emeritus
  • Wilkinson-Campbell American Inns of Court, Former Master
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Lecturer
  • Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges


  • Author, “Communicating Disagreement Behind the Bench: The Importance of Rules and Norms of an Appellate Court,” 82 Law and Contemporary Problems 103-132 (2019), available at
  • Co-author, “The Power of Rulemaking,” a chapter in THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA - LIFE AND LAW IN THE COMMONWEALTH, 1684-2017 (John J. Hare ed., The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018).