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Abington, PA 19001
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Ellen Ceisler

 
BIO
After graduating from Temple University Law School in 1986, Ellen served as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, where she specialized in the prosecution of crimes of domestic violence.

Following her tenure in the District Attorney’s Office, Ellen worked as an investigative producer for CBS News in Philadelphia, where she developed, researched, and produced in-depth investigative series on issues related to the mental health, foster care, and day care systems; government mismanagement and waste; consumer fraud; and abuses of the elderly and immigrants.

From 1997-2005, Ellen served as Deputy Director and then Director of the Integrity and Accountability Office for the Philadelphia Police Department. In that capacity Ellen audited the operations, policies, and practices of the Police Department to minimize misconduct, improve the effectiveness of the Department’s operations, and enhance public confidence in the Department. Despite the sensitivity of this position, Ellen received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police in her successful bid for judge in 2007.

In 2005, Ellen served as a consultant for the Philadelphia School District on issues pertaining to student disciplinary policies and procedures, in an effort to make the public schools safer for the teachers and students. She then served as the Director of the Special Investigations Unit of the Philadelphia City Controller’s Office where she initiated and oversaw investigations into municipal waste and fraud.

​She is running statewide as a Democrat in the Pennsylvania Primary Election to become the party’s nominee for one of two open seats on Commonwealth Court. The election will be held on May 16, 2017 and if successful, she will run in the General Election to be held on November 7, 2017.

Irene Clark

 
BIO

Former Pittsburgh Municipal Judge Irene Clark’s (nee McLaughlin) law school motto, “Law in the service of human needs,” connected at her core and set Irene on a career focused in public interest law. After earning a B.S. degree in economics from the highly regarded University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1984, Irene returned to the New York neighborhood where she grew up and enrolled in the newly founded CUNY School of Law at Queens College, which is, according to the New York Times, “a school that trains the public’s lawyers.”

Irene, one of five daughters, was born in the New York City Borough of Queens to a second generation immigrant family of Irish heritage. Before enrolling at Wharton, Irene attended community college on Long Island, and for two years, got her first taste of advocacy working with the New York Public Interest Research Group, playing a role in passing New York’s bottle bill, one of the first successful grassroots environmental initiatives in the nation. While studying at Wharton, she worked with the Community Resource Center of Philadelphia doing investigative research on blight in Kensington and South Philadelphia neighborhoods. She participated in a project in North Philadelphia exploring ways to minimize the negative effects designating a historic district in a section of Center City would have on homeowners. Her work in community revitalization led her to a position with the Philadelphia Rehabilitation Plan, Inc., which provided home repair assistance to Philadelphia homeowners.

Between graduation and law school, she continued her advocacy work with the Pennsylvania Public Interest Coalition and later traveled west to work in California for the Campaign for Economic Democracy. While in law school at CUNY, Irene worked with the Health in the Workplace Clinic, a dedicated workers’ compensation clinic, and also counseled clinic clients involved in landlord-tenant disputes. She spent her law school summers interning with Neighborhood Legal Services in Pittsburgh as well as the Steel Valley Authority, Inc. and the Tri-State Conference on Steel which were part of a Western Pennsylvania coalition attempting to save jobs by taking over plants that companies planned to abandon.

After law school in 1988, Irene moved to Pittsburgh and worked for a family practice law firm before landing a job with City Councilmember Jim Ferlo, a position more in line with her background in community development. Her work there, particularly on housing and blight issues, caught the eye of Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff, who appointed Irene to the Pittsburgh Municipal Court. For the next decade, Judge Irene Clark adjudicated thousands of cases. Her extensive background in housing and neighborhood revitalization led to her to being designated Housing Court Judge responsible for code enforcement cases. In 2002, recognizing her accomplishments in holding accountable irresponsible property owners in blighted neighborhoods, Judge Clark was honored to be a YWCA Racial Justice Award recipient. As a judge, she volunteered with the Pittsburgh Mediation Center coordinating the Minor Courts of Allegheny County Mediation Referral Project, an initiative designed to get cases into mediation and out of the court system. In 1999, she earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University.

After her judicial tenure, Irene’s work included an affiliation with Regional Housing Legal Services where she was instrumental in the launch of the Home Ownership Preservation Project, a program which helped homeowners resolve delinquent tax issues. For five years, she ran a pro bono clinic at NeighborWorks® Western Pennsylvania assisting lower income homeowners with “tangled title” issues. And she served a leading role with a University of Pittsburgh School of Law clinic providing blight reduction legal services to reclaim long-abandoned and blighted real estate, prompting a senior legislative leader to give her the informal title of “Blight Buster”.

Since leaving the bench in 2003, Judge Clark’s legal career has centered on helping municipalities and organizations clean up and revitalize blighted and abandoned properties. She has become a leading authority in the field, as an attorney, representing clients in blight revitalization efforts and as an advocate, counseling state and local organizations on reforming laws and policies related to blight.

Irene currently resides in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood with her husband, Jessie Clark, Jr.

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