Statewide Judicial Candidates endorsed by Delco Democratic Party
Commonwealth Court: Lori Dumas
Judge Lori Dumas has served on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for over 18 years. Currently assigned to the Civil Division, she has also presided in the Criminal Division. But Judge Dumas spent most of her years on the bench in the Philadelphia Family Court – Juvenile Division. Growing out of her service in Family Court, Dumas was a leader in creating the First Judicial District’s Juvenile Human Trafficking Court.
Both in her courtroom and in the community, Dumas has been an educator and advocate on juvenile human trafficking and the trauma it creates for children. She is the local chair of a national non-violence program focused on helping exploited, traumatized youth, has been active with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and is a member of the National Campaign to Stop Violence.
After growing up in Philadelphia, Judge Dumas earned a BA degree in Sociology at Duke University and her J.D. degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She is also a graduate of the Fels Institute of Government at PENN. She has taught law courses at several local institutions.
Commonwealth Court: Amanda Green-Hawkins
Amanda Green-Hawkins has devoted her legal career to protecting and defending the rights of union workers. She has served as assistant general counsel for the United Steel Workers since clerking for a Superior Court judge in New Jersey. Her commitment to unions is rooted in her family experience growing up in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her father was a member of the Carpenters Union and her mother held both a well-paid unionized job and lower-paid non-unionized job. Green-Hawkins saw for herself what unions can do for families.
After graduating from Duke University, she attended law school at Northwestern University. One of her law professors inspired her to devote her legal training to justice for working people, even though that route in the law profession was not as remunerative. As legal counsel for the United Steel Workers, Green-Hawkins has dealt with many of the legal issues that come before the Commonwealth Court because that is the court in Pennsylvania that handles many employer/employee cases.
Superior Court: Tamika Lane
In her current position on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, where she has served since 2013, Judge Lane is assigned to the Major Trials program in the Criminal Division. She also handles Investigative Grand Jury matters and oversees the Uplift, Fast Track and Branching Up (formerly Roots to Re-entry) programs. Recently, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed her to the County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee (CAPPAC) where she serves as Co-Chair. Prior to joining the Court of Common Pleas bench, Lane served private clients in family law cases, was a trial attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Chief Legal Counsel for State Senator Anthony H. Williams, and the Democratic Executive Director for the Pennsylvania State Senate State Government Committee.
Judge Lane was born and raised in West Philadelphia. She pursued a teaching career upon graduation from Howard University. In 2002, she earned her law degree from Rutgers-Camden School of Law in New Jersey. As a law student, she worked for the Pro Bono Domestic Violence Project and the Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project. She also co-chaired the Black Law Students Community Outreach program.
Supreme Court: Maria McLaughlin
In 2017, Judge McLaughlin was elected to a seat on the PA Superior Court by defeating a slate of nine candidates for the statewide position. Prior to her election to PA Superior Court, McLaughlin served as a judge on Philadelphia County’s Court of Common Pleas from 2011 to 2017. For nearly two decades before becoming a judge, McLaughlin served in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office. Within the D.A.’s office she rose to the position of Chief District Attorney in 2002, making her the youngest female Chief in the city’s history. Judge McLaughlin grew up in the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and her law degree from Widener University School of Law. She then clerked for the President Judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, where she now sits on the bench. In her role as a Superior Court judge, McLaughlin currently serves as liaison between the court and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, a role that has proved critical throughout the COVID pandemic.