Judge of the Superior Court Candidates

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania is one of two statewide intermediate appellate courts (the other being the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania). This court is responsible for hearing appeals in criminal and most civil cases from the Courts of Common Pleas as well as appeals on matters involving children and families. Cases are usually heard by panels of three judges sitting in Philadelphia, Harrisburg or Pittsburgh, but may also be heard by the entire bench of nine judges. The Superior Court often travels to locations throughout Pennsylvania to hear cases.

Democrats

Amanda Green-Hawkins, Esq.

Amanda Green-Hawkins

Amanda Green-Hawkins, Esq.  is a lawyer and former Allegheny County Councilwoman. She works for an international labor union as the director of its civil and human rights department and as assistant general counsel. She served two terms on Allegheny County Council where she represented 100,000 Pittsburgh residents. While there, she sponsored countywide legislation that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression. Green-Hawkins was on the Labor, Employment and Workplace Committee for the Obama-Biden campaign and served as a DNC Committeewoman. She also served on the board of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, a local transit agency. She provides volunteer services to the Women’s Law Project, New Voices PA, and serves as an election protection advisor in Allegheny County. Green-Hawkins is an alumna of Duke University and Northeastern University School of Law.

Read more on Amanda Green-Hawkins’ Facebook page.

Amanda Green-Hawkins did not respond to H-CAN’s spring and fall 2019 questionnaires.

Note: She is endorsed by the PA Democrats, the Steel City Stonewall Democrats, Lancaster County Democratic Committee, the DELCO Dems, the Haverford Democrats, and the United Steelworkers.

Honorable Daniel D. McCaffery

Daniel D. McCaffery

Judge Daniel McCaffery  has served on the bench for 28 years. As a prosecutor assigned to the Major Trials Unit, he litigated over 50 jury trials and thousands of bench trials. In private practice, he served as chairman of the commercial litigation department of a Montgomery County law firm. McCaffrey has been assigned to the trial division in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia since 2013. McCaffery joined the army at 18 years old and served on active duty. McCaffery became an assistant district attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office before spending 16 years as a civil trial attorney. He was elected judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2013 and has presided over 100 jury trials and thousands of bench trials. Judge Daniel D. McCaffery’s brother is the Honorable Seamus McCaffery, who served on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 2008-2014. McCaffery attended the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at West Point. He then attended Temple University and Temple University Law School.

Read more on Daniel D. McCaffery’s website.

The Honorable Daniel D. McCaffery did not respond to H-CAN’s spring or fall 2019 questionnaires.

Note: He is endorsed by the PA Democrats, the DELCO Dems, the Haverford Democrats, and is “highly recommended” by the PA Bar Association.

Republicans

Megan McCarthy King, Esq., M.A.Ed.

Megan McCarthy King

Megan McCarthy King, Esq. began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office where she supervised a child abuse unit. McCarthy King later led a county-wide initiative to combat elder abuse, including financial exploitation schemes. Now Deputy District Attorney in Chester County, she has successfully prosecuted homicides, sexual and physical assaults, and taken on increasingly complex schemes to defraud seniors. In recognition of her accomplishments, she was the only Pennsylvania prosecutor to receive the 2018 Blue Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids Award from the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, the state leader in child protection. She also has experience in clerking for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas Saylor. (H-CAN could not locate information about McCarthy King’s education).

Read more on Megan McCarthy King’s website.

Megan McCarthy King, Esq. did not respond to H-CAN’s spring or fall 2019 questionnaires.

Note: She is endorsed by Commonwealth Partners, the PA Pro-Life Federation, the Republican Party of PA and the PA Bar Association.

Honorable Christylee Peck

Christylee Peck

Judge Christylee Peck was first elected to the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas in 2011. This position has involved sitting on bench trials for criminal cases as well as overseeing civil suits, protection from abuse petitions, dependency petitions and Orphans’ court matters such as guardianships and adoptions. Prior to being elected as a judge, Peck served as prosecutor in the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office as part of the child abuse unit. She then moved to the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted violent criminal offenders who committed homicides, rapes, robberies, and crimes against children. She earned her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and went to Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.

Read more on Christylee Peck’s website.

Judge Christylee Peck did not respond to H-CAN’s spring or fall 2019 questionnaires.

Note: She is endorsed by Commonwealth Partners, the PA Pro-Life Federation, the Republican Party of PA and the PA Bar Association.