Location: City Hall - Room 243
|Edward J. Blake
President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
The Honorable Edward J. Blake was a graduate of St. Joseph's Preparatory School, the Pennsylvania Maritime Academy, St. Joseph's University, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Upon graduation from law school, he worked as a sole practitioner until 1961. For the next three years he served as Chief Deputy Administrator for the Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions in Philadelphia County. From 1964 until his appointment to the bench, Judge Blake was the Court Administrator for Philadelphia. Judge Blake was the first Court Administrator of the Court of Common Pleas serving under former President Judge Vincent Carroll. He was appointed to the bench of the Court of Common Pleas in 1971, elected in 1973, and retained in 1983. Judge Blake was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to the post of Administrative Judge of the Trial Division of the Court of Common Pleas in 1986 and maintained that post until he was elected President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas by the Board of Judges on December 18th, 1990. Judge Blake retired from the bench in January of 1996.
Judge Blake was a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, the Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia, the Men of Malvern, the Knights of Columbus Christopher Council, and a former member of many committees of the Board of Judges.
He was also a member of the Criminal Justice Committee of St. Joseph's University, the American Judicature Society, the National Association of Trial Court Administrators, the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts, the Cardinal's Committee of the Laity, St. Joseph's University Advisory Council, the Brehon Law Society, and the Irish Society.