Pamela P. Dembe
President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas

President Judge Dembe earned her undergraduate degree from Temple University in 1972. Upon graduating, she attended Temple University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate in 1977.

She has served on the Court of Common Pleas since January of 1990. Prior to her tenure as the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Judge Dembe worked as a judge in Felony Waivers, the Trial Division, and Civil Motions Court. In 2004, Judge Dembe was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as Coordinating Judge of the Major Criminal Section. In 2007, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed her as the Supervising Judge of the Criminal Section of the Trial Division of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. Since November 12, 2008, she has served as the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

Judge Dembe is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, the Brehon Law Society, and the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Presently, she is a Trustee and Secretary of the Board of the Free Library of Philadelphia, an officer of the Temple Inn of Court, and a member of the Board of Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia. She is chair of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee of the Board of Judges of the First Judicial District. She has also served on the Disaster Planning Committee of the First Judicial District.

She is a member of the National Association of Women Judges, the Brandeis Law Society, the Union League of Philadelphia, the Corinthian Yacht Club, the Athenaeum, the Forum of Executive Women and of the of the American, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia Bar Associations. She is the immediate past Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Co-Chair of the Judicial Administration Committee.