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Helping Families of Children with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs
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About PEAL

Board of Directors

Honorable David M. Wecht

Honorable David M. Wecht

Judge David N. Wecht has served on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania since January 2012. Judge Wecht was "Highly Recommended" by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and was elected statewide to a ten year term in November 2011.

Judge Wecht served as a trial judge on the Court of Common Pleas for Pennsylvania's Fifth Judicial District from February 2003 to January 2012. Over nearly nine years on the trial bench, Judge Wecht presided extensively in both the Civil and Family Divisions.

From January 2009 to January 2011, Judge Wecht served by appointment of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as Administrative Judge of the Family Division, which encompasses both domestic relations cases and cases of juvenile dependency and delinquency. As Administrative Judge, Judge Wecht designed and implemented several reforms and innovations, including the Unified Family Court, the local rule on parenting coordination, and improved conflict counsel appointments in juvenile cases.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Wecht was twice elected as Allegheny County's Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphan's Court. In that capacity, he pioneered innovations that included creation of a free will consultation program for seniors and authorship of a state law that prevents accused murderers from controlling their victims' estates.

Judge Wecht is a 1984 Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale, where he was a National Merit Scholar and earned Yale College Distinction in both history and political science. At The Yale Law School, Judge Wecht was selected as Notes Editor of The Yale Law Journal, and as an Editor of both the Yale Law & Policy Review and the Yale Journal of International Law. After graduating from The Yale Law School in 1987, Judge Wecht served as Law Clerk to U.S. Circuit Judge George MacKinnon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Washington, D.C., and received the Award for Distinguished Service in that position. Judge Wecht then practiced law continuously with firms in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh until he took the bench in February 2003.

A frequent lecturer and author, Judge Wecht has taught for many years as an Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University School of Law and as an Adjunct Instructor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Judge Wecht currently serves as a Member of The American Law Institute, a Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, and a Board Member of the Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center. Judge Wecht is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges. He has served on a number of civic and community boards, including the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee, the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee of the Community College of Allegheny County, the Juvenile Court Judges Commission, the Amen Corner, and others.