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About the Program

Philadelphia has a rich legal and judicial history. We are home to the oldest Bar Association in the nation. Our courts date to the early 1600s when the Swedish settled this area.

Hundreds of Judges have presided in Philadelphia courtrooms since William Penn founded the City in 1682. Portraits of many hang in City Hall. If these portraits could speak, their stories would be fascinating.

The Senior Judge Oral History Program was created to record video interviews with senior and retired judges who have served in the Philadelphia Courts. The program's goals include preserving Philadelphia judicial history and making it accessible to the community through the Internet. While the Judges' anecdotes and insights are sure to entertain and surprise viewers, the purpose of sharing their stories is to promote a better understanding of the way courts work.

Please note: The Senior Judge Oral History Program is an ongoing project; it is not complete. More video interviews will be added to the website as the information is compiled.

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Interview with JUDGE NORMAN ACKERMAN
Interview with JUDGE NORMAN ACKERMAN
Interview with JUDGE FLORA BARTH WOLF
Interview with JUDGE FLORA BARTH WOLF
Interview with JUDGE ALEX BONAVITACOLA
Interview with JUDGE ALEX BONAVITACOLA
Interview with JUDGE EDWARD BRADLEY
Interview with JUDGE EDWARD BRADLEY
 Interview with JUDGE JOHN L. BRAXTON
Interview with JUDGE JOHN L. BRAXTON
Interview with JUDGE RENEE CARDWELL HUGHES
Interview with JUDGE RENEE CARDWELL HUGHES
Interview with JUDGE MARY D. COLINS
Interview with JUDGE MARY D. COLINS
Interview  with JUDGE ANTHONYJ. DEFINO
Interview with JUDGE ANTHONYJ. DEFINO
Interview with JUDGE PAMELA PRYOR DEMBE
Interview with JUDGE PAMELA PRYOR DEMBE
Interview with JUDGE ALFRED J. DIBONA
Interview with JUDGE ALFRED J. DIBONA
Interview with JUDGE VICTOR J. DINUBILE
Interview with JUDGE VICTOR J. DINUBILE
Interview with JUSTICE JAMES J. FITZGERALD III
Interview with JUSTICE JAMES J. FITZGERALD III
Interview with JUDGE STEVEN R. GEROFF
Interview with JUDGE STEVEN R. GEROFF
Interview with JUDGE RICARDO C. JACKSON
Interview with JUDGE RICARDO C. JACKSON
Interview with JUDGE C. DARNELL JONES II
Interview with JUDGE C. DARNELL JONES II

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