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About the Program

Philadelphia has a rich legal and judicial history. We are home to the oldest Bar Association in the nation. Our courts date to the early 1600s when the Swedish settled this area.

Hundreds of Judges have presided in Philadelphia courtrooms since William Penn founded the City in 1682. Portraits of many hang in City Hall. If these portraits could speak, their stories would be fascinating.

The Senior Judge Oral History Program was created to record video interviews with senior and retired judges who have served in the Philadelphia Courts. The program's goals include preserving Philadelphia judicial history and making it accessible to the community through the Internet. While the Judges' anecdotes and insights are sure to entertain and surprise viewers, the purpose of sharing their stories is to promote a better understanding of the way courts work.

Please note: The Senior Judge Oral History Program is an ongoing project; it is not complete. More video interviews will be added to the website as the information is compiled.

All Judges
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Supreme Court Justices
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President Judges
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Administrative Judges
Interview with
HON. NORMAN ACKERMAN
Interview with
HON. FLORA BARTH WOLF
Interview with
HON. ALEX BONAVITACOLA
Interview with
HON. EDWARD BRADLEY
Interview with
HON. JOHN L. BRAXTON
Interview with
HON. RENEE CARDWELL HUGHES
Interview with
HON. MARY D. COLINS
Interview with
HON. ANTHONYJ. DEFINO
Interview with
HON. PAMELA PRYOR DEMBE
Interview with
HON. NELSON A. DIAZ
Interview with
HON. ALFRED J. DIBONA
Interview with
HON. VICTOR J. DINUBILE
Interview with
JUSTICE KEVIN M. DOUGHERTY
Interview with
JUSTICE JAMES J. FITZGERALD III
Interview with
HON. STEVEN R. GEROFF
Interview with
JUSTICE JANE GREENSPAN
Interview with
HON. JOHN W. HERRON
Interview with
HON. RICARDO C. JACKSON
Interview with
HON. C. DARNELL JONES II
Interview with
HON. D. WEBSTER KEOGH
Interview with
HON. RICHARD B. KLEIN
Interview with
HON. BENJAMIN LERNER
Interview with
HON. EUGENE EDWARD MAIER
Interview with
HON. WILLIAM J. MANFREDI
Interview with
HON. ROBERT J. MATTHEWS
Interview with
HON. SANDRA MAZER MOSS
Interview with
HON. WILLIAM J. MAZZOLA
Interview with
JUSTICE RUSSELL M. NIGRO
Interview with
HON. JOHN J. O'GRADY
Interview with
HON. JOSEPH D. O'KEEFE
Interview with
HON. LILLIAN HARRIS RANSOM
Interview with
HON. ABRAM FRANK REYNOLDS
Interview with
HON. DAVID N. SAVITT
Interview with
HON. ALBERT W. SHEPPARD
Interview with
HON. ALBERT J. SNITE JR.
Interview with
HON. KATHRYN STREETER LEWIS
Interview with
HON. ESTHER R. SYLVESTER
Interview with
HON. CAROLYN ENGEL TEMIN
Interview with
HON. PETRESE B. TUCKER
Interview with
HON. JEROME A. ZALESKI

Credits

Interviewer: Leonard Hacking, Senior Staff Advisor Office of Court Administrator (Retired)

Videographers: Stephen Chaing, ESQ. and Geoffrey Johnson

Art in City Hall Committee: Honorable Ida Chen, CHAIR, Martha Aleo, ESQ., Angelina Williams, ESQ.