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Attorney Announces Bid for District Judge

by on January 16, 2017 2:21 PM

An attorney and Penn State Law Veterans Clinic co-founder has announced his candidacy for magisterial district judge.

Justin Bish, an attorney with McQuaide Blasko's State College office litigation practice group, is running for district judge representing Patton Township, Ferguson Township, Halfmoon Township and parts of College Township.

He is currently a field artillery officer in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. A graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School, he represented the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and U.S. Army in Lithuania as part of the State Partnership Program with NATO allies

“I am seeking to be the next district judge to continue to serve my community and neighbors,” Bish said in a statement. “It is an honor to wear the uniform of this country, and it will be a great honor to serve the community from the bench. I would like to explore working with fellow district judges to create a centralized minor judiciary veterans treatment court within Centre County.”

His legal practice focuses on a variety of civil litigation matters, labor and employment law and veterans law. He co-founded the Penn State Law Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic, which assists Pennsylvania veterans and military personnel with benefits appeals, litigation and policy issues. 

Bish is the current Judge Advocate for the State College American Legion, Post 245. He earned a bachelor's degree in labor employment relations from Penn State in 2012 and a law degree from Penn State Law in 2015.

Bish said he hopes to help parties in civil disputes "utilize cost-saving mediation and dispute resolution to solve minor issues brought before the court.

“My primary goal is to bring honesty, integrity, and fairness to every case that appears before the court.”

Former district judge Leslie Dutchcot vacated the seat Bish is seeking in November 2015 to take a position with a private law firm. Senior Judge Ronald Horner was chosen by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts to temporarily fill the position until the next municipal election, which will be held this year. The primary election is May 16.

Bish is the second candidate to announce a run for the seat. Casey McClain, a Centre County assistant public defender, also has announced his candidacy.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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