Celebrating 300 years

Supreme Court 300th Anniversary logo

Established in 1722, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is the oldest appellate court in the country and has played an important role in the history of the Commonwealth. As the state’s highest court, the seven justices make the final decisions interpreting Pennsylvania’s laws and Constitution, have full administrative authority over Pennsylvania’s judicial system and hear cases involving issues of immediate public importance arising in any court in the Commonwealth. To commemorate its 300th anniversary, the Court will hold a series of events throughout 2022 aimed at highlighting the Court’s unique role and how its decisions affect every Pennsylvanian. 

Supreme Court Justices

Committee Members

Honorable Sallie Updyke Mundy
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Robert J. Mongeluzzi
Saltz Mongeluzzi and Bendesky

John J. Hare
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman and Goggin

Gerald Lawrence
Lowey Dannenberg

Honorable Timothy K. Lewis
United States Court of Appeals
United States District Court (retired)

Sharon R. López
Triquetra Law

Honorable Margherita Patti-Worthington
President Judge, Monroe County Court of Common Pleas

Steven E. (Tim) Riley, Jr.
Conner Riley Friedman and Weichler

David S. Senoff
First Law Strategy Group

Teresa (Terry) Ficken Sachs
Counsel, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Mark Lloyd
Historian and archivist

Charles (“Chip”) Becker
Kline and Specter, PC

Joel Fishman
Legal historian

Dean April Barton
Duquesne Law School

Barry M. Simpson
PBA Executive Director

Calendar of events

date event event details
May 18, 2022 Special Supreme Court Argument Session at Old City Hall, Philadelphia

Schedule and COVID-19 Information

May 19-20, 2022 Symposium
at the National Constitution Center


This two-day symposium will review key aspects of the Supreme Court's jurisprudence, use the Court's tricentennial to explore broader issues in our republican form of government, and expound on the role of today's Supreme Court as the administrator of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System. The panel members will include the Justices of the PA Supreme Court,the Chief Justices of South Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island, the former Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals D. Brooks Smith, Pennsylvania Chief Justice Emeritus Thomas G. Saylor, and retired United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, as well as prominent legal scholars and members of the bar.

May 19, 2022

Symposium Sessions

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9:15 a.m. – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Pennsylvania Constitution in America’s Early Years

10:45 a.m. – The Supreme Court and the Declaration of Rights

1 p.m. – Judicial Federalism

May 20, 2022 Symposium Sessions

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9:15 a.m. – The Modern Supreme Court

10:45 a.m. – Judicial Decision-Making in State Supreme Courts

1 p.m. – Reflections from the Bench

Student Contests

Educational Materials

Celebrating 300 Years of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Pa. Supreme Court Murals by Violet Oakley

Exploring Pennsylvania's Supreme Court Rooms