About the Program

Philadelphia has a rich legal and judicial history. We are home to the oldest Bar Association in the nation. Our courts date to the early 1600s when the Swedish settled this area.

Hundreds of Judges have presided in Philadelphia courtrooms since William Penn founded the City in 1682. Portraits of many hang in City Hall. If these portraits could speak, their stories would be fascinating.

The Senior Judge Oral History Program was created to record video interviews with senior and retired judges who have served in the Philadelphia Courts. The program's goals include preserving Philadelphia judicial history and making it accessible to the community through the Internet. While the Judges' anecdotes and insights are sure to entertain and surprise viewers, the purpose of sharing their stories is to promote a better understanding of the way courts work.

Please note: The Senior Judge Oral History Program is an ongoing project; it is not complete. More video interviews will be added to the website as the information is compiled.

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Interview with JUDGE RICHARD B. KLEIN
Interview with JUDGE RICHARD B. KLEIN
Interview with JUDGE BENJAMIN LERNER
Interview with JUDGE BENJAMIN LERNER
Interview with JUDGE EUGENE EDWARD MAIER
Interview with JUDGE EUGENE EDWARD MAIER
Interview with JUDGE WILLIAM J. MANFREDI
Interview with JUDGE WILLIAM J. MANFREDI
Interview with JUDGE ROBERT J. MATTHEWS
Interview with JUDGE ROBERT J. MATTHEWS
Interview with JUDGE SANDRA MAZER MOSS
Interview with JUDGE SANDRA MAZER MOSS
Interview with JUDGE WILLIAM J. MAZZOLA
Interview with JUDGE WILLIAM J. MAZZOLA
Interview with JUSTICE RUSSELL M. NIGRO
Interview with JUSTICE RUSSELL M. NIGRO
Interview with JUDGE JOHN J. O'GRADY
Interview with JUDGE JOHN J. O'GRADY
Interview with JUDGE JOSEPH D. O'KEEFE
Interview with JUDGE JOSEPH D. O'KEEFE
Interview with JUDGE ABRAM FRANK REYNOLDS
Interview with JUDGE ABRAM FRANK REYNOLDS
Interview with JUDGE DAVID N. SAVITT
Interview with JUDGE DAVID N. SAVITT
Interview with JUDGE ALBERT W. SHEPPARD
Interview with JUDGE ALBERT W. SHEPPARD
Interview with JUDGE ALBERT J. SNITE JR.
Interview with JUDGE ALBERT J. SNITE JR.
Interview with JUDGE KATHRYN STREETER LEWIS
Interview with JUDGE KATHRYN STREETER LEWIS

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