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Cheryl Austin

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Cheryl Austin
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Current Court Information:
Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania
Title:   Judge
Active:   2012-2022
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Northwestern University
Law School:   Capital University Law School
Military service:   U.S. Navy, 1980-1987; U.S. Navy Reserves, 1988-2004
Candidate 2011:
Candidate for:  Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas
State:  Pennsylvania
Election information 2011:
Incumbent:  No
Primary date:  May 17, 2011
Primary vote:  41.5%ApprovedA
Election date:  November 8, 2011
Election vote:  25.9%ApprovedA

Cheryl Austin is a judge on the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. She was elected in 2011 and his term expires in 2022.

2011 election

Austin won the Democratic party primary on May 17. She received 41.5 percent in the Democratic primary.[1] She was elected to one of two open seats in the general election on November 8, winning 25.9 percent of the vote.[2]

See also: Pennsylvania judicial elections, 2011

Bar association rating

Austin has been rated as "recommended" by the Montgomery County Bar Association's Judiciary Committee. [3]


Austin earned her undergraduate degree from the Northwestern University School of Speech and her J.D. from Capital University Law School.[4]

Professional career

While pursuing her undergraduate degree Austin was admitted into the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. She served seven years of active duty, attaining the rank of Navy Lieutenant. Following her discharge she served as a public school administrator and entered the Navy Reserve in 1988, retiring as a Navy Captain in 2004. In 1991, Austin was appointed Human Resources Director for the Ohio Secretary of State. After her admission to the bar she worked as a staff attorney for the Ohio Supreme Court. She entered private practice for two years before becoming the assistant district attorney for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.[4]

Awards and associations


  • NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011[4]


  • Founding Member, Committed Activists Leading Many Society
  • Chair, Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families
  • Board Member, Willow Grove, PA NAACP chapter
  • Trustee, Montgomery County Community College
  • Chairs, Montgomery County Community College, Curriculum Committee
  • Assistant Minister, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
  • Advisory Board, Laurel House[4]

See also

External links


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