List of Justices of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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Mural on the wall of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's chambers in the Pennsylvania State Capitol

Following is a list of Justices of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, including justices of the Provincial Court.

Current Bench[edit]

Name Born Elected Party When First Elected Retention Year of Next Retention Election Reaches Age 75 Prior Positions and Education

Thomas G. Saylor
Chief Justice

(1946-12-14) December 14, 1946 (age 71) in Somerset County, Pennsylvania 1997 Republican 2007, 2017 Final term December 14, 2021 Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania (1993–1997); Private Practice (1987–1993); First Deputy Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1983–1987); Director, Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection (1982–1983); First Assistant District Attorney, Somerset County (1973–1976); Private Practice (1972–1982); J.D., Columbia Law School (1972); B.A., University of Virginia (1969).

Max Baer

(1947-12-24) December 24, 1947 (age 70) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2003 Democratic 2013 Final term December 24, 2022 Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas (1989–2003); Private Practice (1980–1989); Deputy Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1975–1979); J.D., Duquesne University School of Law (1975); B.A., University of Pittsburgh (1971).

Debra Todd

(1957-10-15) October 15, 1957 (age 61) in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania 2007 Democratic 2017 2027 October 15, 2032 Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania (2000–2007); Private Practice (1982–1999); J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1982); B.A., Chatham College (1979).
Christine Donohue (1952-12-24) December 24, 1952 (age 65) in Coaldale, Pennsylvania 2015 Democratic First term 2025 December 24, 2027 Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania (2008–2015); Private Practice, (1980–2007); J.D., Duquesne University School of Law (1980); B.A., East Stroudsburg University (1974).
Kevin Dougherty (1962-05-19) May 19, 1962 (age 56) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2015 Democratic First term 2025 May 19, 2037 Judge, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas (2001–2016); Private Practice, (1995–2001); Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia County (1990–1995);J.D., Antioch School of Law (1987); B.A., Temple University (1985).
David Wecht (1962-05-20) May 20, 1962 (age 56) in Baltimore, Maryland[1] 2015 Democratic First term 2025 May 20, 2037 Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania (2012–2015); Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas (2003–2012); Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court, Allegheny County; Law Clerk, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Judge George MacKinnon; J.D., Yale Law School (1987); B.A., Yale University (1984).
Sallie Updyke Mundy (1962-06-29) June 29, 1962 (age 56) in Elmira, New York 2017 [note 1] Republican First term 2027 June 29, 2037 Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania (2010–2016); Private Practice (1988-2009); Volunteer Public Defender, Public Defender's Office of Tioga County; Law Clerk, Tioga County Court of Common Pleas (1987-1988); J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1987); B.A., Washington and Jefferson College (1984).
  1. ^ Sallie Mundy was nominated to fill a vacancy by Governor Tom Wolf and confirmed by the PA Senate in 2016. She was elected to a full term in 2017.

Previous Chief Justices[edit]

Previous Other Justices[edit]

Justice Assumed office Elected/Appointed by Left office
Anthony Morris August 10, 1694[2]
Edward Shippen 1699[2]
Caleb Pusey June 20, 1701[2]
William Trent April 10, 1704[2]
Richard Hill March 16, 1711[2]
Thomas Graeme April 9, 1731[2]
Thomas Griffitts August 13, 1739[2]
Thomas Willing September 14, 1767[2]
John Morton April 20, 1774[2]
William Augustus Atlee April 2, 1777[2]
John Evans August 19, 1777[2]
George Bryan April 5, 1780[2]
William Bradford Jr. August 20, 1791[2]
Thomas Smith January 3, 1794[2]
Hugh Henry Brackenridge December 18, 1800[2]
John Tod May 25, 1827[2]
Frederick Smith January 31, 1828[2] 1830 (died)
John Ross April 9, 1830[2]
Thomas Burnside January 2, 1845[2]
Richard Coulter September 17, 1846[2]
George Chambers April 10, 1851[2]
John C. Knox May 23, 1853[2]
James Armstrong April 6, 1857[2]
William Strong December 7, 1857[2]
S. Leslie Mestrezat January 1, 1900[2]
William B. Linn February 23, 1932[2]
Marion D. Patterson January 2, 1940[2]
Allen M. Stearne December 24, 1942[2]
Michael A. Musmanno January 7, 1952[2]
Herbert B. Cohen January 7, 1957[2]
Curtis Bok January 1, 1959[2]
Anne X. Alpern September 6, 1961[2] Appointed by David L. Lawrence
Thomas W. Pomeroy Jr. December 30, 1968[2]
Louis L. Manderino January 3, 1972[2]
Rolf Larsen January 5, 1978[2] 1994 (impeached and removed from office)
William D. Hutchinson January 4, 1982[2]
James T. McDermott January 4, 1982[2]
Stephen Zappala Sr. January 3, 1983[2]
Nicholas P. Papadakos January 2, 1984[2]
Juanita Kidd Stout February 25, 1988[2] 1989
Russell M. Nigro January 1, 1996[2] 2005 (defeated for retention)
Cynthia A. Baldwin February 15, 2006[2] Appointed by Ed Rendell
James J. Fitzgerald III March 28, 2007[2] Appointed by Ed Rendell
Seamus McCaffery January 7, 2008[2] October 27, 2014
Jane Cutler Greenspan July 2, 2008[2] Appointed by Ed Rendell
Joan Orie Melvin January 8, 2010[2] Elected
Correale F. Stevens July 30, 2013[2] Appointed by Tom Corbett

References[edit]

  1. ^ Judicial Biographies, Pennsylvania Appellate Judges, Superior Court. http://www.pabar.org/pdf/lawdirectory/PAAppellateCrtJudicialBios.pdf.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av "Historical List of Supreme Court Justices". The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2018-05-27.