A Pittsburgh lawyer who clerked for multiple judges, including three members of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, has been named the temporary head of the state's newest training center for judges.
Joy G. McNally has been announced as the interim director of the Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education at the Duquesne University School of Law.
The Kline Center was made possible by a $7.5 million donation by the namesake litigator and the collaboration of nine law schools. Its mission is to provide free continuing legal education to the state's judges in advance of a new education requirement for sitting jurists. It's a first-of-its-kind CLE partnership across law schools that are typically competitors.
The Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts is also involved in planning the CLE curriculum for the more than 600 judges in the state.
Read more in the Legal Intelligencer.
Just over one year ago, we came together as former governors from across the political spectrum to call for the adoption of merit selection of statewide judges and justices to the appellate courts of Pennsylvania: Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth courts.
A recent report on the judicial scandals that have plagued our Supreme Court, coupled with runaway spending in some recent judicial races, compel us to renew that call today.
Spending in the 2015 judicial elections topped $16 million. Spending to date in the most recent primary elections alone has hit more than $4.75 million. We can only imagine what will be spent on general election campaigning in the months leading up to November.
Read the full opinion editorial in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts approved the newest slate of members at its annual board meeting recently in Harrisburg.
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