July 19, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI) announced today that Union County District Attorney D. Peter Johnson has been elected president to lead the organization during the 2017–2018 business year. The election took place during the institution’s annual business meeting. The new officers are:

President:                   Hon. D. Peter Johnson, Union County District Attorney
Vice President:          Hon. David J. Arnold, Jr., Lebanon County District Attorney
Secretary Treasurer: Hon. John T. Adams, Berks County District Attorney

PDAI is the educational and training arm of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA).

“The association and institute work together to ensure justice and integrity in Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system,” Johnson said. “Through the education and training of our district attorneys and their assistants we are constantly working to ensure prosecutors follow our motto: ‘do the right thing, for the right reasons.’”

Previously, Johnson served as president of the PDAA (2014-15). First elected Union County District Attorney in 1995, Johnson created a policy that the Commonwealth would always be represented at preliminary hearings to facilitate efficient adjudications and dispositions. He also served on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Committee. Prior to his election as district attorney, Johnson served as an assistant district attorney and conducted a general law practice as a partner in the Lewisburg firm of Matson and Johnson. Born and raised in Erie, PA, Johnson first came to Union County as a law clerk for then-President Judge James McClure in Aug. 1984. During his clerkship, Johnson was part of the creation of the Union County Victim/Witness Board. He is a graduate of the Dickinson School of Law (1984) and Gannon College (1979).

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute is the education and training affiliate of the Association. It was founded in 1983 for the purpose of developing and providing educational materials and training seminars for District Attorneys. In addition to providing training and materials to District Attorneys and their staffs, the Institute also conducts child abuse investigation courses, case law updates and other training courses for Pennsylvania’s law enforcement officials and administers programs to provide training to victim service professionals.  For more information about the Institute and its offerings, click here.