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Sandra Schultz Newman
The Honorable Sandra Schultz Newman


1959 Drexel University
bachelor's degree
1969 Temple University
master's degree
1972 Villanova Law School
Juris Doctor
1996 honorary doctorate from Gannon University
1996 honorary doctorate from Widener University Law School


1972 admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
1972-1974 assistant district attorney in Montgomery County
1974-1993 attorney in private practice
1993 elected judge of Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
1995 elected justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
the first woman to be elected to Pennsylvania's highest court


1976-1977 Chairman of the Montgomery Bar Association Committee on Solicitation and Advertising
1982 course planner and faculty member of Villanova Law School's Continuing Education Program - Seminar on the New Divorce Code and Its Tax Implications for Practitioners
1982-1994 Board of Directors of The Royal Bank of Pennsylvania
1984-1985 adjunct professor of Law at The Delaware Law School of Widener University
1985 co-chairman of the Program Committee of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
1986-1993 faculty member of Villanova University Law School - Course on Lawyering Skills
1986-1988 co-chairman of Equitable Distribution Committee of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
1987-1991 Board of Managers of Council of Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section
1988-1994 fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
1978-1994     Board of Managers
1982-1984     Treasurer of the Pennsylvania chapter
1984-1986     Secretary of the Pennsylvania chapter
1986-1988     Vice President of the Pennsylvania chapter
1988-1990     President-elect of the Pennsylvania chapter
1990-1991     President of the Pennsylvania chapter
1992-Present member of the Advisory Board of Drexel University College of Business and Administration
1984-Present Board of the Consultors of Villanova University Law School
1990-1992     Secretary-Treasurer
1992-1994     Vice Chairman
1994-1998     Immediate Past Chairman
1998 Honorary Co-Chair of Pennsylvania Futures Commission Conference on "Citizenship in the Twenty-First Century: A Context for Learning and Living
1998 Member, Judicial Work Group for the Department of Health and Human Services and Advisory Committee to the National Center for State Courts
liaison to the Third Circuit Task Force on Management of Death Penalty Litigation within the Federal Courts
Faculty and Course Planner of the Third Circuit Joint Federal-State Workshop on Habeas Corpus
J. Willard O’Brien Inn of Court
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Bench Bar Association
National Association of Women Judges
Montgomery County Bar Association
member of the American Law Institute
fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
fellow of the American Bar Foundation


1988 Trial Practice Chapter and Trial Practice Consultant, three-volume book: Alimony, Child Support and Counsel Fees, published by Matthew Bener & Company, Inc.
  author of many articles appearing in legal journals


1979 Philadelphia Award for Super Achiever, the Jeff Fund from the Pediatric Juvenile Colitis Foundation of the Jefferson Medical College and Hospital
1980 American Friends of the Hebrew University, Lawyers Division, Torch of Learning Award
1985 Woman of the Year, Women's Division, American Friends of Hebrew University
1992 Drexel 100 Award as one of Drexel University's 100 outstanding living alumni
1993 third recipient and first female graduate to receive the Medallion of Achievement Award, at Villanova University Law School's commencement exercises
1983, 1987, 1989, 1993 "BEST LAWYERS OF AMERICA," published by SEAVIEW/PUTNAM
1996 Honored by Women of Greater Philadelphia during Women's History Month
1996 "Woman of The Year Award," Green Hill Social Club, Wynnewood, PA
1996 Honored by the Justinian Society and Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society, Philadelphia
1996 Susan B. Anthony Award, The Women's Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania, for "dedication to the elimination of gender bias in the legal system and the legal profession and for being an exemplary role model for women aspiring to the practice of law and to judicial office;"
1996 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, Widener University Law School
1996 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, Gannon University
1996 honored by Pennsylvania Commission for Women, Women's History Month
1996 named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania
1996 Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania--"For Dedicated Leadership and Outstanding Contributions to the Community and the Law Enforcement"
1997 Chapel of the Four Chaplains, 1997 Legion of Honor Gold Medallion
1998 Person of the Year Award given by Shomrim of Philadelphia at their Annual Banquet
1998-1999 Marquis' Who's Who In American Law
1997 Legion of Honor Gold Medallion from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains
1999 Poor Richard Club - Gold Metal Award
2000 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Public Service, Clarion University
2001 honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, Drexel University
in addition highest rating, AV, given by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a public confirmation from her peers, members of the legal community


  Outside her legal work, Justice Newman serves on the boards of many organizations which involve the community, charities, education and the arts.

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