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A Career in Public Service: What it Means to Be a Prosecutor

STATE COLLEGE – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) is teaming with the Penn State Law Career Services Office to inform students about the many opportunities for becoming a prosecutor. PDAA invites anyone interested in a law career to attend the live-streamed event. A public service career isn’t for everyone. However, for those with a passion for protecting and helping their

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PDAA Applauds Senate Passage of Sexual Assault Legislation

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) today commended the state Senate for advancing a bi-partisan bill to expand the definition of institutional sexual assault to include sexual assault by caregivers on care-dependent people. The bill now heads to the state House of Representatives for consideration. PDAA Executive Director Greg Rowe explained that the definition of institutional sexual assault currently

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A Career in Public Service: Panel Discussion at Duquesne Law

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) and Duquesne University School of Law are teaming up to inform college students and law school students about opportunities for a public service career as a prosecutor. On March 15, Duquesne University School of Law will host a panel discussion featuring county district attorneys, including Duquesne Law alumni, who will discuss their roles

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Lackawanna County DA Mark Powell Named to PA Continuing Legal Education Board

SCRANTON – Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell has been appointed by the state Supreme Court to a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board, which oversees accreditation of all CLE programs and the awarding of credits that attorneys in the state are required to earn annually to maintain their law licenses. “Having been active my entire career in

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PDAA Supports Greater Use of Fentanyl Test Strips to Save Lives

HARRISBURG – Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo, PDAA’s legislative chair, today testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of efforts to ensure the lawful use of fentanyl test strips. “We support such legislation for one simple reason: It will literally save lives,” Chardo said. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin. It also is inexpensive to manufacture. Chardo said the

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Guidance Provided to Counties on Investigating Child Abuse Cases

HARRISBURG  – The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI), and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Pennsylvania (PennCAC) are pleased to jointly announce the updated release of the Model Set of Standards for Pennsylvania’s Multidisciplinary Investigative Teams (MDITs). The standards provide counties with standardized guidance and best practices on how to investigate child abuse cases,

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Lehigh County Chief Deputy DA appointed to PA Supreme Court Committee

(ALLENTOWN) – Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin today announced that Heather F. Gallagher, the District Attorney’s Office Chief of Administration and Chief of Appeals, has been named to a prestigious Supreme Court of Pennsylvania committee.  Gallagher was named a member of the court’s Criminal Procedural Rules Committee for a term of seven years beginning Jan. 1, 2022. The appointment was

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Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele Takes the Reins of PDAA Following the Death Washington County DA Gene Vittone

DAs from Adams and Clinton Counties Complete New 2021-22 Leadership Slate   Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) today announced that PDAA Vice President and Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele was elected President of the Association following the untimely death

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District Attorney Kevin Steele

PDAA President Gene Vittone’s Big Heart and Kind Soul Will Be Deeply Missed

PDAA Issues Statement on the Passing of President Gene Vittone Harrisburg, PA -- The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) issued the following statement upon learning of the death of PDAA President and Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone: It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the untimely passing of our president, Gene Vittone. Gene bravely battled lung cancer during the

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Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone Elected PDAA President

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) today announced its newly elected officers for the 2021–2022 business year. The election took place during the Association’s annual business meeting. The new officers are: President: Hon. Eugene Vittone, Washington County District Attorney Vice President: Hon. Kevin R. Steele, Montgomery County District Attorney Secretary/Treasurer: Hon. Brian R. Sinnett, Adams County District Attorney Additionally, Schuylkill County District Attorney

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Congratulations to PDAA Executive Director Greg Rowe, who was featured in @CityAndStatePA's 2022 Law Power list. https://t.co/a2mtAutgXS