July 16, 2008

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) today announced its newly elected officers for the 2008-2009 business year. The election took place this week during the PDAA summer meeting in Erie, Pennsylvania, July 14-17.

The new officers are:

President: Hon Gary F. DobiasCarbon County District Attorney

Vice President: Hon. Bradley Foulk, Erie County District Attorney

Secretary-Treasurer: Hon. Edward Marsico, Dauphin County District Attorney

“The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association has a proud history and reputation as tireless advocates for our commonwealth’s law enforcement community as well as crime victims and their families,” said Dobias who has served as Carbon County District Attorney since 1992.  “As president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, I look forward to working on the issues that will continue to ensure the integrity of our criminal justice system and will hold prosecutor accountable to the highest ethical standards.

In recent years, the PDAA successfully led efforts to: 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.