April 05, 2006
Philadelphia Bar Association Holds Chancellors Forum on Judicial Selection
PHILADELPHIA--Four distinguished panelists will debate the issue How Pennsylvania Chooses its Judges: Election Versus Selection as Alan M. Feldman, 79th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, hosts a Chancellors Forum on Friday, April 28 in the Associations 11th Fl. Conference Center at 1101 Market St. from 12-2 p.m.
Arguing in favor of merit selection will be Sen. Anthony H. Williams, who represents the 8th Pennsylvania Senate District, and Lynn A. Marks, Executive Director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts. Speaking in favor of the election of judges will be Judge George W. Overton of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Trial Division and Rep. Mark B. Cohen, who represents the 202nd House District of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Judge Overton, who earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law, was in private practice for 15 years before being elected to the bench in 2001. Rep. Cohen, who also has a law degree from Widener University, is the Democratic Caucus Chair.
Sens. Anthony Williams and Vince Fumo are sponsors of Senate Bill 100, which would amend the state constitution to adopt a new judicial selection system for Philadelphia. It is modeled on merit selection using a bi-partisan citizen-based nominating commission to evaluate individuals interested in becoming a Common Pleas or Municipal Court judge. Lynn A. Marks, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, has led Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts since 1990. She was a principal advisor to former Governor Tom Ridge in his effort to achieve merit selection of judges and co-chaired the transition teams Judicial Issues Task force for Governor Edward G. Rendell.
A complimentary lunch is included with this free program, but registration is required. To register, please visit www.philadelphiabar.org or call 215-238-6300.