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Pennsylvania State Government May 19, 2009 Election
Judge; Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court; Democratic Party Voter Information

10 Year Term.

This contest will only appear on Democratic party ballots.

Candidates (Vote for 2)
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Barbara Behrend Ernsberger Click here for more information about this candidate 231,039 votes 21.8%

  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • Juris Doctorate 1976 Duquesne University School of Law
  • Bachelar of Arts, Cum Laude, 1973 University of Pittsburgh
  • Commissioner, City of Pittsburgh, Department of Planning
  • Former Chair of the City of Pittsburgh Democratic Committee
  • City of Pittsburgh 2002 Woman of the Year
  • Rated by Martindale-Hubbell as having "Very High Legal Ability & Ethical Standards"
  • To provide well reasoned and unbiased decisions which uphold the laws and the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • To provide equal justice to all
  • To promote quick and just resolution of all cases thereby rendering timely decisions
Linda S. Judson Click here for more information about this candidate 227,207 votes 21.5%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • 1979 St. Francis General Hospital, Alvernia School of Practical Nursing LPN
  • 1986 University of Pittsburgh, B.A .(cum laude)
  • 1990 Duquesne School of Law J.D.
  • 20 years practice as an attorney
  • Clerk for Commonwealth Court
  • Technical Specialist (as an attorney), Marsh & McLennan Insurance regulation, risk management, regulatory compliance including OSHA & workplace safety
  • Internal judicial system guidelines should reinforce the obligations of each judge to the integrity of the entire system
James Murray "Jimmy" Lynn Click here for more information about this candidate 161,424 votes 15.2%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Judge, Court of Common Pleas
  • 18 years + trial judge, almost all court divisions
  • 15 years private practice attorney
  • 3 years prosecutor
  • lifelong record of public and community service
  • 1973, Loyola University School of Law, J.D.
  • "reccomended" by PBA
  • Decision-making must be free of any external influence (political, social or economic).
  • Bring honesty, integrity, and fairness to the Commonwealth Court
  • Abov all, I will listen wholeheartedly to both sides of all cases
Michael D. Sherman Click here for more information about this candidate 157,361 votes 14.9%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • Juris Doctorate 1983, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts 1979, Rutgers College
  • Board of Directors, Mt Lebanon Extended Daycare Program
  • Advisory Board, Larson's National Workers Compensation Law Center
  • 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine and Law & Politics Inc.
  • A-V peer rating Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Provide Well Researched, Well Written Legal Opinions
  • Increase Bar Association and Community Relations
  • Promote Mediation and Alternative Resolutions
Stephen G. "Steve" Pollock Click here for more information about this candidate 142,121 votes 13.4%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Of Counsel, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP
  • Member, Pennsylvania State Planning Board
  • Co-Editor, Philadelphia Zoning Code, Blue Book Edition 1993-2003
  • 32 years practicing law in Zoning and Land Use
  • Past Chair, Real Property Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Past President, Old York Road Temple-Beth Am, Abington, Pa.
  • Chairman, Lower Moreland Planning Commission
  • Work hard to restore confidence in the integrity of the judiciary by requiring mandatory ethics and continuing legal education for judges.
  • Take steps to provide a judicial system that is fair and respectful of the rights of all and passionate about doing the right thing independently.
  • Remembering always that parties involved in litigation are owed the judge's full attention to the record, the law, the briefs, and the arguments.
Daniel K. Bricmont Click here for more information about this candidate 139,961 votes 13.2%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • 1987, University of Pittsburgh, B.S.
  • 1990, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D. (cum laude)
  • 19 years in plaintiff personal injury practice
  • 1993-2005 Mayor of Avalon
  • Commended for his ethics by the Commonwealth Court, in the Court's decision in Corning, Inc., v. WCAB (Bryner), 684 A.2d 244, 245, Footnote 4 (Pa. Cmw
  • A respected lawyer voted by his peers to be included in the publication The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward and White (2007).
  • To apply, with impartiality, the laws of Pa as adopted by our representatives in the General Assembly, consistent with the PA Constitution.
  • Ensure equal access to the Courts and a fair hearing for any claim or matter to come to the Court .
  • To ensure that the workings of the Court proceed in a prompt and business like fashion so the parties receive both fair and impartial decisions.

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