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Questions about you and the role of a judge: 1. What makes a good judge? A good judge possesses the following: understanding and respect for the law, a dedication to impartiality and fairness, experience, integrity, and a commitment to public service. Understanding and respect for the law, experience and decision-making can come from a variety of professional avenues, including law practice, the academic world or judicial experiences. A person with integrity is dedicated to, and is known for, fair and impartial decision-making. A person who is committed to public service is one who performs judicial duties as the Constitution and the law require and in a way that the public is treated with dignity and respect. 2. What is the biggest trap or mistake a judge can make? One trap or mistake that a judge can make is to forget that the judge is elected to perform very important duties in our society and that what a judge does and the way the judge treats people can seriously impact the confidence the public has in the judiciary. 3. How would you describe your judicial philosophy? An appellate judge has a limited role under the Constitution and is to make decisions as a function of the Constitution, relevant law, established precedent, the record, applicable rules, and the scope and standard of review for the particular issue before the court. 4. Which opinion do you think represents your best work? With each case, the Judge tries to do her best work. One opinion is eToll v. Elias/Savion, Inc., 811 A.2d 10 (Pa. Super. 2002). 5. If you could, which opinion would you take back or revise? Why? With each case, there is a study of the language of the applicable Constitutional provisions, laws, established precedent, applicable rules, the record and the applicable scope and standard of review for the particular issue before the court. Then, the Judge does her best with that case. In this regard, she is not aware of any of her opinions that she would revise. 6. What in your background has prepared you best for being a judge? The following in her background prepares her for service as a Justice of the Supreme Court. a. Judicial experience as a Judge of the Superior Court since June 1998: 1998-present Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Judge. (Appointed by Governor Tom Ridge in 1998 and confirmed by the State Senate (6/1998). Elected to a 10 year term beginning 1/2000. b. Part-time Research Associate/ Consultant experience regarding judicial matters with two Justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for over ten years during the 1980s and 1990s: Appeals Research Associate, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Justice Nicholas P. Papadakos and Justice John P. Flaherty. (Work involved allocatur petitions.) Consultant, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Justice and then Chief Justice John P. Flaherty. (Work involved drafting of proposed opinions.) c. Experience with the administrative work of the Supreme Court as a Supreme Court appointed member of: the Intergovernmental Commission on Race, Gender and Ethnic Fairness (Secretary and Commission Member appointed by the Supreme Court since its inception); the Judicial Council’s Gender Implementation Subcommittee (Chair); the Appellate Procedural Rules Committee; the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; and a Disciplinary Hearing Committee of the Disciplinary Board. d. Teaching/academic experience. Since 1983, she has served either as a part-time or a full time law professor at Duquesne University School of Law. Her experiences in the law school classroom gives her a unique appreciation of legal theory and a familiarity of issues relating to the civil, criminal, labor and employment areas of law: 9/83-present Duquesne University School of Law, -Adjunct Professor of Law (9/1983-7/1986) -Visiting Professor of Law (7/1986-7/1987) -Assistant Professor of Law (7/1987-7/1989) -Associate Professor of Law (7/1989-5/1992) -Professor of Law (5/1992-1/2000 and on leave 6/1998-12/1999) -Adjunct Professor of Law (1/2000-present) Courses taught over the years include: Federal Employment Discrimination (1983-1998; 2000-present)(co-teaching currently); Legal Research and Writing (1983-1994); Professional Responsibility (1986); Federal Environmental Law (one summer); Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (1987-1998); Federal Labor Law (1994, 1996-2001, except 1999); Federal Labor Law and Employment Discrimination Seminar (Spring 1995);Appellate Practice and Procedure (2002-present)(co-teaching currently). In addition, she has authored a number of law review articles. e. Diverse employment background in both litigation and non-litigation arenas; 9/74-3/75 Attorney, private law practice with a law firm that dissolved in 1975, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Work was in the corporate and estate planning areas.) 5/75-7/75 Instructor, Robert Morris College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (now Robert Morris University) in Business Law. (Work was teaching a business law course.) 8/75-1/78 Counsel, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Divisions of Trading and Markets and of Enforcement.

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