Rochelle S. Friedman Rochelle S. Friedman Biographic Sketch

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Rochelle S. Friedman
Biographic Sketch

Judge Rochelle S. Friedman, also known as Shelly Friedman, was elected to Commonwealth Court, an intermediate appellate court of Pennsylvania, in November 2001. Judge Friedman will stand for retention in the municipal election on November 6, 2001.

Judge Friedman was born and educated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her election to Commonwealth Court, she was a sole practitioner, whose trial and appellate cases primarily involved criminal, first amendment and family law matters. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable James R. McGregor in the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County; solicitor to the Honorable Robert N. Peirce, Jr., Clerk of Courts of Allegheny County; director of two Governorís Justice Commission Projects, Alternate Sentencing and Victim Compensation; and as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Industrial, Environmental Health Sciences. Judge Friedman also served as a consultant to the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh and as liaison between the Pittsburgh Model Cities Program and the Mayor. She also was a consultant for the American University Law School, Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Program.

Judge Friedman has been admitted to the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She is also a member of the American, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County and Bucks County Bar Associations and the National Association of Women Judges.

She is also a director of Jewish Prisoner Services International and is a founding member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Judge Friedman has served as chair of the Legislative Committee on Juvenile Justice of the National Council of Jewish Women in its pilot project, as chair of the Board of Directors of Southwest Pre-Trial Services Agency, Inc. and as a board member of the former C. Howard Marcy State Hospital.

Judge Friedman has also been a member of the First Amendment Lawyers Association; Pennsylvania Association of Trial Lawyers; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Executive Women's Council of Greater Pittsburgh and the International Platform Association and has been listed in several editions of Who's Who in American Women.

ICAS Web Site Links for Rochelle S. Friedman:

Summer 2001 Symposium.
Bulletin, July 20, 2001.

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