July 18, 2011

Harrisburg, PA – As it prepares to celebrate a century of service, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) today announced its newly elected officers for the 2011-2012 business year.  The election took place during the PDAA summer business meeting July 10-14, 2011.  The new officers are:

President: Hon. Francis J. Schultz, Crawford County District Attorney

Vice President: Hon. G. Michael Green, Delaware County District Attorney

Secretary-Treasurer: Hon. Shawn C. Wagner, Adams County District Attorney

“Our goal as an association has always been to uphold the integrity of the criminal justice system and the prosecutors who serve it,” Schultz said.  “It is a particular honor to serve the PDAA as we prepare to celebrate 100 years of advocacy on behalf of law enforcement, as well as crime victims and their families.”

Schultz is currently serving his third term as district attorney of Crawford County.  Prior to his election to the office in 1999, he served as assistant district attorney from 1995-1998.  Locally, he serves as chairman of the Crawford County Victim/Witness Policy Board and the Crawford County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advisory Board.  He also serves as chairman of the Crawford County Prison Board and is a member of the Child Death Review Team and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board.  In September 2009, Schultz was appointed to the Attorney General’s Medical/Legal Advisory Board.

Most recently, Schultz served as vice president of the PDAA during a time when the association successfully led efforts to pass legislation that holds drug dealers accountable when they sell lethal doses of illegal drugs; ban the use and sale of dangerous synthetic drugs; reform Pennsylvania’s prison system; and institute new, more stringent practice standards for juvenile prosecutors. In addition, the association has recently developed public outreach and education programs including” Let’s Talk About Sexting which educates teenagers about the social and legal ramifications of sexting; and2Smart4Trbl (Too Smart for Trouble) which dispels some of the common myths and misinformation about juvenile delinquent acts and the ramifications of engaging in illegal activity.

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.