The Department of Polical Science invites you to “Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law,” a talk by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David N. Wecht.
Justice David N. Wecht was elected to a ten year term on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in November 2015, and began his service as a Supreme Court Justice in January 2016. He served as a Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania from January 2012 to January 2016, and as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas for Pennsylvania’s Fifth Judicial District from February 2003 to January 2012. From January 2009 to January 2011, Justice Wecht served by appointment of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as Administrative Judge of the Fifth Judicial District’s Family Division, which encompasses both domestic relations cases and cases of juvenile dependency and delinquency. As Administrative Judge, Justice Wecht designed and implemented several reforms and innovations, including the Unified Family Court, the local rule on parenting coordination, and improved conflict counsel appointments in juvenile cases. Prior to taking the bench, Justice Wecht was twice elected as Allegheny County’s Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court. In that capacity, he pioneered innovations that included creation of a free will consultation program for seniors and authorship of a state law that prevents accused murderers from controlling their victims’ estates.
Campus Center Multi Purpose Room