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Maria McLaughlin

The 8th Ward is proud to endorse Judge Maria McLaughlin for Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

An 8th Ward neighbor, Judge McLaughlin will bring experience, analytical talent, and leadership strengths to our Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  Rated “Highly Recommended” by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, she was elected to the Pennsylvania Superior Court in 2017 after serving as a Judge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in its Family Court.  During the pandemic, Judge McLaughlin worked tirelessly to ensure that the Superior Court could stay open, by coordinating and developing innovative policies so the court could hold arguments safely.  To launch that effort, she collaborated effectively with members of the bench and bar from every county across Pennsylvania.  While serving in the Philadelphia DA’s Office, she developed an innovative jobs program that matched unemployed parents with employers – an initiative that remains active to this day.  Judges and lawyers describe her as hard working, intelligent, patient, caring, approachable, an excellent listener and a superb mentor. Lawyers who appeared before the candidate recount her superior knowledge and practical application of the law.  

Read the candidate’s PA Bar Association Judicial questionnaire.