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8 vie for 3 spots on Common Pleas Court in Allegheny County

| Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10:09 a.m.
Pauline Calabrese
Pauline Calabrese
William Caye
William Caye
Rosemary Crawford
Rosemary Crawford
Hugh McGough
Hugh McGough
Jennifer Staley McCrady
Jennifer Staley McCrady
Dan Regan
Dan Regan
P.J. Murray
P.J. Murray
Richard Schubert
Richard Schubert

Three spots are up for grabs in the eight-way primary contest for judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.

Common Pleas judges hear all major criminal and civil cases, appeals from lower courts in civil, criminal and traffic matters, and most matters involving children and families. The candidates are cross-filed as Democrats and Republicans, except for Rosemary Crawford, who is running as a Democrat.

In Allegheny County, new judges historically start in the court's family division.

Common Pleas judges are paid $176,572 a year and are elected to 10-year terms. The candidates are:

Pauline N. Calabrese

Age: 52

Residence: Penn Hills

Education: Bachelor's degree from Penn State University; law degree from Duquesne University

Background: Calabrese has been practicing law for 27 years with a concentration on family law. She has served as the supervising attorney for the law clinic at Duquesne University School of Law, as a court-appointed attorney and as a parent advocate in the family division.

Allegheny County Bar Association Recommendation: Not recommended at this time

Website: www.calabrese4commonpleas.com

William F. Caye II

Age: 47

Residence: South Fayette

Education: Bachelor's and law degrees from Duquesne University

Background: Recently retired as a senior deputy attorney general assigned to the Child Predator Unit, Caye clerked for Chief U.S. District Judge Donald Ziegler and was a legal adviser to Common Pleas Judge Cynthia A. Baldwin.

Bar association recommendation: Recommended

Website: www.williamcaye.com

Rosemary Crawford

Age: 51

Residence: Hampton

Education: Bachelor's degree from Rhodes College; law degree from Georgetown University

Background: Crawford serves as the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is a member of the Bankruptcy Court Mediation Panel and is a certified arbitrator for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Better Business Bureau. She worked in private practice representing plaintiffs and defendants in employment law issues.

Bar association recommendation: Highly recommended

Website: www.rosemarycrawfordforjudge.com

Hugh F. McGough

Age: 59

Residence: Shadyside

Education: Bachelor's degree from Columbia University; law degree from University of Pittsburgh

Background: McGough has been district judge in Squirrel Hill since 2011. He served on the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission, worked as solicitor for the Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board and in the city's law department.

Bar association recommendation: Highly recommended

Website: www.mcgough4judge.com

Jennifer Staley McCrady

Age: 41

Residence: Oakland

Education: Bachelor's and law degrees from Duquesne University

Background: McCrady serves as a supervising attorney and program policy coordinator at KidsVoice, a legal advocacy group for neglected and at-risk children. She worked as a teacher and counselor at The Whale's Tale, a shelter for at-risk boys.

Bar association recommendation: Highly recommended

Website: www.mccradyforjudge.com

Philip J. Murray III

Age: 53

Residence: Upper St. Clair

Education: Bachelor's degree from University of Pittsburgh; law degree from Duquesne University.

Background: Murray is a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl. He has practiced law for 27 years, specializing in civil litigation in the areas of employment law, construction law, banking law and business law. He began his legal career as a clerk for U.S. District Judge Barron P. McCune.

Bar association recommendation: Recommended

Website: www.murray4judge.com

Daniel D. Regan

Age: 39

Residence: McCandless

Education: Bachelor's degree from New York University; law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law — Yeshiva University

Background: Regan is a partner at Caputo, Caputo & Regan specializing in municipal law. He served as city solicitor under Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and worked as an assistant district attorney in the investigation and general trial units of the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office.

Bar association recommendation: Highly recommended

Website: www.reganforjudge.com

Richard J. Schubert

Age: 60

Residence: Crafton Heights

Education: Bachelor's and law degrees from Duquesne University

Background: Schubert has been a partner at the Downtown law firm AlpernSchubert since 2006. He worked as a shareholder, partner or associate at some of the largest law firms in Pittsburgh, representing more than 1,000 clients in personal injury and worker's compensation cases.

Bar association recommendation: Highly recommended

Website: www.schubert4judge.com

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