John J. Trucilla

  • Adjunct Lecturer
    Criminal Justice Program
  • Adjunct Lecturer
    Legal Studies
  • Adjunct Lecturer
    Criminalistics

Erie County Court of Common Pleas, 6th Judicial District; Elected November 6, 2001; Seated January 2, 2002; President Judge (January 2016 to Present) Administrative Judge-Family Division (January 2006 to December 2015); Born October 3, 1960 in Erie, Pennsylvania; Educated at the University of Dayton (B.A. Political Science) 1982; University of Dayton School of Law (J.D.) 1985; Admitted to all Pennsylvania Courts and the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; judicial law clerk to the Honorable Shad Connelly, January 1986-January 1988; Assistant District Attorney, Erie County, Pennsylvania, January 1988-April 1990; United States Department of Justice, Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, April 1990-January 2001 (Chief of the Erie Division, 1994-2001); Knox, McLaughlin, Gornall & Sennett, January 2001-June 2001; Assistant District Attorney, Erie County, Pennsylvania, Juvenile Prosecutor, June 2001-December 2001; Adjunct Professor of Law, Penn State University-The Behrend College, Erie, Pennsylvania (Criminal Law & Procedure, Constitutional Law) 1989-1996 and 2010-Present; Gannon University (Criminal Law & Procedure) January 2002- January 2004, 2014-Present; Instructor, PA State Police Academy, Northwest Training Center, 1997-2001 (Presenter of local, state and federal seminars regarding miscellaneous topics involving criminal law); Member-Citizen Office of Children and Youth Oversight Committee-2006; Member-By-Laws Revision Committee of the PA Conference of State Trial Judges-2006; Member- Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Member-American Judges Association; Member-Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission; Coordinator-Committee for PA’s Roundtable for Children Initiative(2007); Member-Erie County Criminal Justice Coalition; Member-Erie Truancy Task Force, 2007-Present; Chosen as Youth Leadership Institute 2011 Person of the Year; Co-Founder of Erie County’s Parent Coordinator Committee; Selected as 2012 Honorary Chairperson of Global Youth Service Day for Erie County, April 21, 2012. Founder-“Juveniles on the Run for Success”; Member of “Flipside” initiative to deter youth gun violence, May 2015 – Present; Introduced and implemented “Courthouse Comfort Canines” to Erie County Court of Common Pleas, October 2015 – Present; Implemented Judicial Reinvestment Strategy, May 2016 - Present; Married to Suzanne M. Uht; six (6) children: John, Luke, Marielle & triplets-Grace, Anne & James.

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