A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Stacy was motivated to become an attorney to provide those in need with the quality and professional legal representation we all deserve. Stacy graduated from Duquesne University Law School in 2004 and gained immediate experience within the judicial system. She conducted legal research and drafted both trial and appellate court judicial memoranda and opinions. These experiences would inspire her to one day run for judge.
Stacy’s diverse and comprehensive legal career, which began while she was still in law school and spans nearly 20 years of legal experience, makes her the ideal candidate for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. As an attorney, Stacy has represented an extensive range of clients in both the private and public sectors, worked on behalf of local and regional nonprofits, such as Northwestern Legal Services, and argued cases involving county and state government entities. She has served as a specially appointed law master and Sex Offender Registration & Notification Act (SORNA) counsel, been certified as a conflict resolution mediator, and shared her knowledge of the law as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford and as an instructor in continuing education courses for fellow attorneys. As an entrepreneur who founded her own law practice in 2012 and the current President of the McKean County Bar Association, Stacy has advocated for rank-and-file Pennsylvanians and served as their guide to our Commonwealth’s legal system. Stacy believes the best judges have real-world experience to understand how their decisions will impact those in their jurisdiction. If elected, Stacy will be a judge for all Pennsylvanians, drawing on her perspective and past experience to craft decisions that are legally and constitutionally grounded.
Unique to Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Court serves as the trial court for election law proceedings and cases in which the Commonwealth is a party to an action. The Court sits as an appellate court for matters involving state and local government and regulatory agencies. As an arm of Pennsylvania’s judiciary, the Court exists to protect and defend the rights of Pennsylvanians under the law as defined in both the state and federal Constitutions. Stacy knows that the role of a judge is to uphold our founding documents in the spirit with which they were written. This philosophy will guide her throughout her time on the bench.
Seeking justice requires both attorneys and judges to put respect for the law above all else. Judges cannot issue just decisions if they allow the fear of being overturned on appeal to influence their decision making. While working at the appellate level, Stacy assisted in drafting opinions and saw firsthand the importance of judicial integrity and unwavering commitment to the law – including adhering to our founding principles – of which she will prioritize as a member of the Commonwealth Court. As a Commonwealth Court judge, Stacy will ensure all parties know they were heard and understood, offer fair and impartial adjudications, and communicate her reasoning in a manner to be understood by all Pennsylvanians.
For Stacy, God and family has always and will always come first. Throughout her career and especially now in her campaign for judge, Stacy has relied on the love and support of her husband, Curt, and their children, Lucas and Cora.
Stacy’s Christian values are a constant source of strength and have inspired her to give back to those in need throughout her career. Stacy is active in her church and is passionate about serving her community by volunteering and supporting local organizations such as The Guidance Center, which provides resources and guidance to those struggling with mental illness and intellectual disabilities.
As an attorney, Stacy always sought to serve her clients with compassion and care. She made it a priority throughout her career to take on underprivileged or at-risk clients who were in desperate need of professional legal services. Stacy has taken on numerous pro-bono cases, represented victims of domestic violence, intervened in abuse cases to protect children in crisis, and protected those with developmental disabilities. These experiences have profoundly impacted Stacy and motivate her to serve as a judge who empathizes with and understands the less fortunate.
As a judge, Stacy will rely on her grassroots upbringing and values to refresh Pennsylvania’s court system by bringing a diverse and balanced perspective to Commonwealth Court, one that more accurately reflects the makeup of the state it serves. If elected, Stacy will work tirelessly with her fellow judges to ensure the Court provides equal justice for all.
Growing up, Stacy quickly learned the value of serving others, having witnessed her father’s dedicated service in the Pennsylvania State Police. Stacy initially pursued a career in broadcasting before an advertisement for Northwestern Legal Services, a free legal aid society that assists low-income individuals and victims of domestic violence, inspired her to serve underrepresented individuals by becoming an attorney.
Stacy walks humbly in her community, always seeking to serve others and make an impact for the greater good. Stacy has actively volunteered with organizations such as the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, the Kiwanis Club of Bradford, the YWCA, and the Downtown Bradford Revitalization Corporation, to help those in need. As an attorney, Stacy has served on the Board of Directors of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of McKean County and held various positions within both the McKean County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations to foster continuous improvement, education, and philanthropy in Pennsylvania’s legal community.
Stacy believes that, like a good attorney, a good judge practices humility in and out of the courtroom. If elected to the Commonwealth Court, Stacy will let the facts and the law determine the outcome of the case, rather than her personal attitudes or political leanings. On the bench, Stacy will apply judicial restraint and issue opinions designed not to legislate or impose from the bench, but to defend both the state and federal Constitutions and uphold our laws in the spirit with which they were written.
When asked why she would run for Commonwealth Court, Stacy responded, “It’s where I can do the most good.” Stacy understands the unique and important role the Commonwealth Court plays in Pennsylvania’s judiciary, overseeing cases involving election law as well as state agencies. Given this immense responsibility, the Commonwealth Court needs capable, knowledgeable, and responsible judges who will uphold the rule of law with integrity.