Four new judges appointed


Lawndale’s Fran Shields is among four new judges in the Phil­adelphia court sys­tem.

Shields and Scott O’Keefe, of Over­brook, were nom­in­ated by Gov. Tom Corbett to serve on Mu­ni­cip­al Court. Ken Pow­ell, of Chest­nut Hill, and Ro­ger Gor­don, of South­w­est Phil­adelphia, were nom­in­ated to Com­mon Pleas Court.

The Pennsylvania Sen­ate on June 30 un­an­im­ously con­firmed the four Phil­adelphi­ans, along with three oth­er nom­in­ees to Com­mon Pleas Court, two in Al­legheny County and one in York County.

Shields took the oath of of­fice from Mu­ni­cip­al Court Pres­id­ent Judge Mar­sha H. Nei­field in a private ce­re­mony on Ju­ly 3.

The new judges will serve un­til Janu­ary 2014. To keep their seats, they must be elec­ted in 2013.

Shields lost a 2009 bid for Com­mon Pleas Court.

The new Phil­adelphia judges re­place the fol­low­ing jur­ists who resigned: Judges Geor­ganne V. Da­h­er and Ly­dia Kirk­land of Mu­ni­cip­al Court and Thomas De­mp­sey and Ren­ee Card­well Hughes of Com­mon Pleas Court. ••


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