Justice Kevin M. Dougherty


January 2016 to January 2026


  • Temple University, B.A., 1985
  • Antioch School of Law, J.D. 1987

Professional Experience

  • Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia County, 1990-95
  • Private Law Practice, Marino & Dougherty, LLP, 1995-2001
  • Philadelphia Family Court Truancy Program, Special Master, 1998-2000
  • Appointed as judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, 2001
  • Elected as judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County 2002-2012
  • Retained as judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, 2012-15
  • Appointed Supervising Judge, Family Division, Philadelphia County, 2003-2005
  • Appointed Administrative Judge, Family Division, Philadelphia County, 2005-2014
  • Appointed Administrative Judge, Trial Division, Philadelphia County, 2014-2015
  • Elected justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2015

Memberships and Associations

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Associate Member
  • Domestic Relation Procedural Rules Committee of the Supreme Court, Former Vice-Chair
  • Juvenile Court Judges Commission, Former Vice-Chair
  • Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee, Former member
  • Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, Former First Vice-President
  • Pennsylvania Children’s RoundTable, Philadelphia Committee, Former Chair
  • City of Philadelphia’s Children’s Commission of Distinguished Leaders
  • Pennsylvania Court Improvement Committee
  • Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Fellow
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • First Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Administrative Governing Board, Former Chair
  • U.S. Department of Justice, National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention; Violence Collaborative, Philadelphia County, Former Co-Chair

Awards and Honors

  • Bridge Way School Community Service Award, 2020
  • Irish Legal 100, Irish Voice eNewspaper, 2018, 2019
  • Georgetown University, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, 2011
  • Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program for Public Sector Leaders, Washington, D.C, July 2011
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Award - Bible Way Baptist Church, 2011
  • Civic Champion for Children Award - CORA Services, Inc., 2010
  • Excellence in Crime Prevention - Creative Partnership Award, Philadelphia Center City District, 2010
  • Special Recognition Award - Achieving Reunification Center, 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation Award - Philadelphia Police Department, 2009
  • Matthew Carey Award - Emerald Education Committee, 2008
  • Imagine Award - Education Communities for Parenting, 2008
  • Shepherd of Peace Award - Good Shepherd Mediation Program, 2007
  • Community Service Award - The Support Child/Adult Network, Inc., 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation - Blue Ribbon Commission of Children’s Behavioral Health, Mayor John F. Street, 2006
  • Blue Ribbon Day Award - Philadelphia Police Department
  • Certificate of Appreciation - Intercultural Family Services, Inc., Adolescent Violence Reduction Partnership