Superior Court of Pennsylvania

Voters will fill one seat in the November 2021 Election.

Jill L. Beck

Rating: Recommended

After passing the Pennsylvania bar, the candidate joined KidsVoice Inc., where her practice was dedicated to matters related to dependent children. Following her work with the nonprofit, the candidate obtained clerkships, first with the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and then with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. These clerkships provided the candidate with 10 years of appellate court experience drafting opinions related to civil, criminal, family and juvenile law and orphan’s court matters. From 2019 to 2020, the candidate worked at a large law firm with a primary practice of civil litigation. The candidate is active in both the Pennsylvania Bar Association and her county bar association, and she is highly regarded by members of the bench and bar. She is intelligent, focused and displays the judicial temperament of patience, courtesy, impartiality and even temper. For these reasons, the commission recommends her candidacy as judge for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

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Judge Deborah L. Canty

Rating: Recommended

The candidate has served on the Court of Common Pleas in the First Judicial District since 2018. She spent nine years with the Child Welfare Unit of the City of Philadelphia Law Department. She leads with integrity and her life experiences provided her with a unique and diverse perspective that helps her relate well to others. The candidate is well regarded by her peers and is described as intelligent, well prepared, polite, respectful, diligent, honest, humble and fair. Her commitment to children, families and her community is evidenced by her many years of faithful public service. The commission believes that the candidate will perform well as a Superior Court judge and recommends her candidacy.

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Judge Timika R. Lane

Rating: Recommended

The candidate was elected to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2013 presiding over criminal matters. Prior to her tenure on the court, she was in private practice with the majority of her practice related to family law. She also previously worked in the Public Defender’s Office. The candidate was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to co-chair a County Adult Probation Committee. She demonstrates her commitment to the legal profession through the instruction of continuing legal education courses and other educational activities. The candidate’s writing is well-reasoned, clear and concise. She demonstrates a commitment to public service and has extensive community involvement. For these reasons, the commission recommends her candidacy to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

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Bryan S. Neft

Rating: Recommended

Following law school graduation, the candidate was briefly employed in private practice before taking a four-year position as a law clerk to a Superior Court judge. He returned to private practice engaging in general practice that evolved into commercial litigation with a focus on complex insurance defense. The candidate’s writing is skillful and displays a formidable knowledge of trial-related issues. He is hard working, has a reputation for excellent character and integrity, and possesses a calm temperament. The candidate has contributed to the legal profession by teaching legal education classes and serving in leadership capacities for various bar associations. The candidate is also actively involved with charitable organizations in his community. He exhibits a commitment to equal justice for all and has demonstrated sound judgment in his professional life. Based on his respect of his peers, integrity, legal knowledge and ability, work ethic, temperament and contributions to the legal community, the commission recommends the candidate for election to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. 

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