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Public Defender to Run for District Judge

by on December 07, 2016 11:45 AM

A veteran of the Centre County Public Defender's office has announced his candidacy for magisterial district judge.

Casey McClain, an assistant public defender for the past 13 years, will run for district judge representing Patton Township, Ferguson Township, Halfmoon Township and parts of College Township.

"I am seeking this position to further dedicate my career to public service," McClain said. "I will maintain the public trust and bring the necessary integrity to the position by ruling with a fundamental fairness for all who come before the court. My primary goal for the position is to have a progressive community service program that serves as both a punishment as well as a benefit to our shared neighborhoods."

In addition to his position as a criminal defense lawyer, McClain has served as an adjunct professor and co-director of an experiential learning program at the Penn State School of Law, and for the last seven years has been a guest judge for the law school's trial advocacy course.

He serves on the Centre County Criminal Justice Advisory Board and was recently named to the Board of Governors for the Centre County Bar Association. McClain was the first recipient of the John R. Miller, Jr. Civility Award given by the judges of Centre County. He is a graduate of Leadership Centre County and serves on the board of directors for Friends of Palmer Art Museum.

McClain resides in Patton Township with his wife, Lucy, and their two-year-old son.

Former district judge Leslie Dutchcot vacated the seat McClain 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 in 2017. The primary election is May 16.

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