Honorable John J. Trucilla  

Our July 2018 Meeting:
Meetings are held at the Erie Yacht Club in Erie PA and begin at 6:00 pm with a social hour and dinner, followed by our program/speaker. Enter from West 6th Street on Kahkwa Blvd, North to Virginia Ave, and turn right on Virginia Ave to the Yacht Club. Tell the attendant you are with the Torch Club.

Our Dinner Menu:
Country Fried Chicken, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, deviled eggs and Strawberry Shortcake, coffee and tea. Our meal price is $30 per person and is payable at the door by cash or check made out to the Erie Yacht Club.

Our Guest Speaker:
Honorable John J. Trucilla, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Mercyhurst University

"A Night With President Judge John Trucilla - Erie County Court Of Common Pleas"

For reservations; please E-Mail the Torch Club Secretary at secretary.erietorch@gmail.com.

"A Night With President Judge John Trucilla - Erie County Court Of Common Pleas"

Our presenter for this evening is Honorable John J. Trucilla. His distinguished career includes: Erie County Court of Common Pleas, 6th Judicial District; Elected November 6, 2001; Seated January 2, 2002; President Judge (January 2016 to Present) Administrative Judge-Family Division (January 2006 to December 2015); Born October 3, 1960 in Erie, Pennsylvania; Educated at the University of Dayton (B.A. Political Science) 1982; University of Dayton School of Law (J.D.) 1985; Admitted to all Pennsylvania Courts and the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; judicial law clerk to the Honorable Shad Connelly, January 1986-January 1988; Assistant District Attorney, Erie County, Pennsylvania, January 1988-April 1990; United States Department of Justice, Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, April 1990-January 2001 (Chief of the Erie Division, 1994-2001); Knox, McLaughlin, Gornall & Sennett, January 2001-June 2001; Assistant District Attorney, Erie County, Pennsylvania, Juvenile Prosecutor, June 2001-December 2001; Adjunct Professor of Law, Penn State University-The Behrend College, Erie, Pennsylvania (Criminal Law & Procedure, Constitutional Law) 1989-1996 and 2010-Present; Gannon University (Criminal Law & Procedure) January 2002- January 2004, 2014-Present; Instructor, PA State Police Academy, Northwest Training Center, 1997-2001 (Presenter of local, state and federal seminars regarding miscellaneous topics involving criminal law); Member-Citizen Office of Children and Youth Oversight Committee-2006; Member-By-Laws Revision Committee of the PA Conference of State Trial Judges-2006; Member- Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Member-American Judges Association; Member-Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission; Coordinator-Committee for PA’s Roundtable for Children Initiative(2007); Member-Erie County Criminal Justice Coalition; Member-Erie Truancy Task Force, 2007-Present; Chosen as Youth Leadership Institute 2011 Person of the Year; Co-Founder of Erie County’s Parent Coordinator Committee; Selected as 2012 Honorary Chairperson of Global Youth Service Day for Erie County, April 21, 2012. Founder-“Juveniles on the Run for Success”; Member of “Flipside” initiative to deter youth gun violence, May 2015 – Present; Introduced and implemented “Courthouse Comfort Canines” to Erie County Court of Common Pleas, October 2015 – Present; Implemented Judicial Reinvestment Strategy ($50,000 seed money to Erie Community Foundation), May 2016 - Present; Married to Suzanne M. Uht; six (6) children: John, Luke, Marielle & triplets-Grace, Anne & James.

President Judge John Trucilla, serving in his sixteenth year on the Erie County Court of Common Pleas, will provide an overview of the Court’s accomplishments, goals and initiatives. Judge Trucilla will discuss his personal background and journey from growing up on Erie’s lower west side to his current seat on the bench. He will discuss his role as the President Judge and the Court’s divisions to include the Trial, Family and Orphan’s Court Divisions. He will further explore the broad range of cases heard in this court of general jurisdiction and what that term entails. Finally, he will also discuss the composition of the Court and how it will change next year with two vacancies on the bench and how that may impact the citizens of Erie County.

Please join us on July 11th, 2018 at 6:00 pm, for our pre-dinner cocktail and chat time and remember to bring your friends and acquaintances. Reservations are required.

Please remember to make your reservation at secretary.erietorch@gmail.com.