Feb 28 2012

Merit Selection Hearing on Thursday March 1

Published by at 2:27 pm under Merit Selection News

A Public Hearing on Merit Selection  (HB 1815 and 1816) will be held by the PA House

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Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 1st from 1:30-3:30 pm, at the National Constitution Center, Kirby Auditorium, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia.  We know from public polling that Pennsylvanians want the chance to weigh in on the question of how we choose our appellate judges.  This hearing is a critical step in the process that can culminate in the people of Pennsylvania having the opportunity to vote on whether to change how we choose appellate court judges.

Among those expected to attend are:

  • Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
  • Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom)
  • Eric A. Tilles, Esq., president of the DELVACCA chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Kathleen D. Wilkinson, chancellor-elect of the Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Representatives from Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and PMCAction
  • K.O. Myers, Director of Research and Programs for the American Judicature Society
  • Bishop Mary Floyd Palmer, Pastor, Philadelphia Council of Clergy
  • Matthew Berg, Director of State Affairs for Justice at Stake
  • Charlotte Glauser, Judicial Specialist with the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania
  • The Honorable Phyllis W. Beck, retired judge
  • Walter M. Phillips, Jr., Esquire
  • David N. Taylor, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association
  • Michael Walker, the Urban League
  • Randy Lee, Professor of Law, Widener Law School

Please consider attending. If anyone would like to submit written comments, please contact Michael Fink as soon as possible at mfink@pahousegop.com.  Comments will be accepted until the morning of February 29th and copies will be distributed at the hearing and made part of the record.

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