Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association Elects New Executive Committee Members

March 1, 2010

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) announced that the district attorneys of Lebanon and Berks County were recently elected to fill vacancies on its executive committee. The election took place during the PDAA winter meeting in Philadelphia on February 12. The new executive committee members are:

• John T. Adams, Berks County District Attorney
• David J. Arnold, Jr., Lebanon County District Attorney

“Pennsylvania’s district attorneys have a long tradition of advocacy on behalf of law enforcement, as well as crime victims and their families,” said Edward M. Marsico, Jr., PDAA president and Dauphin County district attorney. “These district attorneys will provide our association with additional geographic balance, perspective and experience. Their input will be important as we engage in the public debate on issues and work to uphold the integrity of our criminal justice system and the prosecutors who serve it.”

The PDAA executive board is comprised of ten district attorneys elected by their colleagues, as well as the appointed legislative and appeals committee chairpersons.

In recent years, the PDAA successfully led efforts to: reform Pennsylvania’s prison system; create a stronger Megan’s Law which will better ensure child predators are kept away from our children; pass DUI legislation which closed loopholes to ensure drunk drivers are held accountable; and enact a series of laws to better protect women and children with updates in the areas of Internet predators, child abduction, and protection from abuse and firearm laws.

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association is comprised of approximately 1,000 members and is charged with providing uniformity and efficiency in the discharge of duties and functions of Pennsylvania’s 67 District Attorneys and their assistants. Since its founding in 1912, the Association has dutifully sponsored extensive training programs and reported legal and legislative developments of importance to Pennsylvania prosecutors. In addition, the Association is often called upon by legislative leaders at the state and national level to address public policy issues and efforts which will impact the prosecution of criminal cases, victim rights and public safety.