James J. Fitzgerald
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|Current Court Information:|
|Pennsylvania Superior Court|
|Past position:||Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court|
Fitzgerald earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962 from the University of Pennsylvania. He then obtained his J.D. degree from the Villanova University School of Law. 
After earning his law degree from Villanova, Fitzgerald went to work in the Office of the District Attorney and served there for 12 years. He has served as chief counsel to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, worked in private law practice and ran the government affairs division for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
Fitzgerald first served on the bench when a vacancy occurred in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. After winning election to a 10-year term in 1989, Judge Fitzgerald was retained in 1999, and, in 2002, was appointed administrative judge in the trial division by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He was later appointed interim justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on February 13, 2007 and assumed office on March 28, 2007. His term on the high court ended on January 6, 2008, after which he was appointed a senior judge of the Superior Court. He also served as the Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence and then as a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
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