Who am I?
I have been practicing law for over 17 years. I earned my J.D. from the Temple University School of Law, and I received my B.A. in Political Science / Criminal Justice Administration from East Stroudsburg University . I am an experienced Arbitrator for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, and also a licensed mediator who has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court. I was Chairperson of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Traffic Law Committee from 2006 through 2008.
I have handled various legal affairs of high profile clients, events, and matters, including serving as general counsel of companies based in Florida and Pennsylvania. I also have handled a wide array of legal matters in administrative, state, federal, and appellate courts. As General Counsel to a small conglomerate of music/literary companies, I successfully guided one of the companies through many legal, public relations, geographical, cultural, political, and other challenges in the production of a world class annual jazz music event in Warsaw, Poland. My efforts allowed several world-class performers (i.e. the late Stephane Grappelli and Philadelphia’s own McCoy Tyner) to collaborate, which has entertained jazz aficionados all over the world.
My volunteer activities include legal representation of children under the Guardian Ad Litem program in Florida, assisting hurricane victims with various legal concerns, serving upon community group committees, protection of historic districts, and environmental clean up projects. He is one of the founding petitioners for the creation of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s first LGBT attorney committee.
Why am I running?
I am the only lawyer running for this judicial office. I want to bring true justice to this summary criminal court that has been plagued with corruption.
It’s important to note that Traffic Court involves more than common sense. It involves 2 Constitutions, the Crimes Code, the Vehicle Code, the Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Local Rules of Court, the Code of Federal Regulations, appellate court opinions, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic.
Sadly, much of this is unknown by the non-lawyer Traffic Court judges, but I know this jurisprudence, and I will not ignore it. I will keep neighborhoods safe from truly reckless drivers, and I will conduct fair professional trials based upon the real law – not some notion of the law.
Everybody knows that Traffic Court needs drastic improvement, and I have many ideas to improve this court. For instance, I want to institute a program to allow people that can’t afford to pay their fines to pay down a portion of them through community service, and give good drivers the opportunity to keep their licenses by completing an online driver education course when they’re facing a first time suspension.
I’m the most qualified candidate, because I offer real competence, experience, fairness, and justice for all.
• Simplification of legal processes (allow more access to the courts through the internet – enter pleas)
• Removal of favoritism
My DFA Values
I am an active volunteer in the community, including:
• Chaired Bar Traffic Law Committee
• Board member for a local non-profit
• Helped various community groups
• Judged Temple Law School student moot court competitions
• Environmental clean-up campaigns
• Free legal advice to Hurricane Katrina victims
• St Mark’s Church’s monthly dinners
• Guardian Ad Litem for children involved in custody disputes
I believe that people should be secure to know that truly reckless and unsafe drivers will be rehabilitated and/or taken off the roads, so that drivers and pedestrians can feel safe throughout the city.
Traffic Court is a serious criminal court. It’s a serious court. For instance, last year a non-lawyer Traffic Court judge violated a family man’s constitutional rights by jailing him without legal representation several weeks prior to his trial. I had to attain the release of this wrongfully jailed man through a writ of habeas corpus.
(Dwayne Mitchell v. John P. Delaney, Case # 2:12-cv-02424-AB, United States District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania.)
My Campaign is People Powered!
I am meeting people face-to-face in all types of venues, including festivals, cultural events, shoppping centers, neighborhoods, etc. I have also begun an active social media campaign.