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HARRISBURG (April 13, 2005) — Centre County Common Pleas Judge Thomas King Kistler of Centre Hall will become chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates at the conclusion of the organization’s Annual Meeting May 4 – 6 in Pittsburgh. Judge Kistler will serve a two-year term as chair of the statewide legal professional association’s policy-making body.

Judge Kistler served on the PBA Board of Governors from 2001 until 2004 as the Zone Eleven Governor representing lawyers in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk and Potter counties.

A past chair of the PBA Young Lawyers Division, Judge Kistler serves in the PBA House of Delegates and is a member of the Editorial and Law-Related Education committees and the Health Care Task Force. He is past chair of the PBA Civil Litigation Section and continues to serve on its executive board. He is a Fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. He received a PBA Pro Bono Award in 1989 for distinguished service in providing legal services for the poor. He also serves on the Commission for Justice Initiatives.

Judge Kistler served as a Pennsylvania delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates and to the ABA Young Lawyers’ Division Assembly. A member of the Centre County Bar Association, Judge Kistler served as secretary of his local bar association.

Active in his community, Judge Kistler is the president and long-time member of the Bellefonte Kiwanis. He is a past board member of the State College YMCA and Leadership Centre County.

Judge Kistler is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the Dickinson School of Law.

Editor’s Note: A photo of Judge Thomas King Kistler is available to download on the PBA Web site Here.