Voters will fill one seat in the November 2021 Election.
Jill L. Beck
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 Timika R. Lane
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.
Bryan S. Neft
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.
The candidate’s legal experience includes 19 years devoted to criminal and civil litigation practice. From 2002 through 2008, the candidate served as an assistant district attorney in Chester County and, thereafter, served for nearly four years as a supervisory district attorney in that office. Her responsibilities ranged from handling and overseeing all aspects of pre-trial criminal practice to trying cases as a line prosecutor. Before serving most recently as a Pennsylvania deputy attorney general with the Civil and Criminal Litigation Divisions of that office, the candidate served for three years as general legal counsel to West Chester University advising and representing the university on a variety of topics, including regulatory compliance, contract and arbitration matters. The candidate serves her community by supporting organizations that serve women and persons experiencing food and shelter insecurities. The candidate provided well-written samples of her work, and she is very well regarded by her peers being described as well-prepared, open and honest, and collegial. For these reasons, the commission recommends her candidacy for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.