The crisp November air has blown in another election day, and with it a new cast of faces to the local Court of Common Pleas. In Allegheny County particularly, most newly elected judges are assigned to the Family Division. Family law is unique in that more often than not litigants find their way before judges very soon after filing a complaint in custody or divorce. In Western Pennsylvania, family law judges often see the same families year after year and get to know their cases in a way that judges in other divisions rarely do. With Allegheny County’s “one judge one family” policy, judges tend to know and understand cases that are assigned to them as well as the lawyers who represent the parties. This policy also ensures that the judge assigned to the case will address all of the issues in the case, and that any case involving same parents or parent will be assigned to the same judge. This practice ensures that the judge making the real time decision on the case is aware of all of the moving parts. Our firm and our clients appreciate the hard work and discipline these newly elected judges will without a doubt bring to their tenures.
Lisa Vari & Associates would like to formally welcome and congratulate the newly elected judges to Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas: Judge Hugh McGough, Jennifer Staley McCrady and Dan Regan. Judge McGough served as the Magisterial District Judge for the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh for several years and has been actively involved in the fight for same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. Ms. McCrady is the mother three young children and has dedicated her legal career to advocating for children at KidsVoice in Pittsburgh and representing the interests of children throughout Allegheny County. Mr. Regan has been a dedicated public servant working for both the Allegheny County District Attorney’s and the Pittsburgh City Solicitor’s offices. All three newly elected judges received rating of “highly recommended” by the Allegheny County Bar Association.
The newly elected judges will begin training when they take office in January 2016 and will likely start hearing their own cases in early spring. Our firm is excited to welcome this well-rounded and dedicated attorneys to the bench. Our firm would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate a former member of Allegheny County Family Division, The Honorable David Wecht, who currently serves on the Pennsylvania Superior Court and was recently elected as one of Pennsylvania’s newest Supreme Court Justices.
Congratulations to all of the newly elected judges around the state. We look forward to your guidance and your hard work for years to come.