Dan Glassmire Makes Official Announcement
Local attorney Dan Glassmire has announced his candidacy for Judge of Potter County Court of Common Pleas.
“Both my father’s family and my mother’s family go back several generations in Potter County. My family has been in Potter County since the early to middle 1800’s. My grandparents, Fay and Nettie Glassmire, had a farm in Homer Township. I remember my Uncles continuing the dairy farm business and I helped, on occasion, with haying and shoveling manure to help clean the barn. My grandparents, Marshall and Leola Lignian, raised their family in Potter County. Marshall Lignian’s sister, Ethel Lignian, was the Prothonotary of Potter County for many years,” said Mr. Glassmire.
“My wife, Joy, was raised on a potato farm owned by her parents, George and Elizabeth Hamilton, in the Bingham Center area. Her brother, Doug Hamilton, continues with farming.
Joy’s sister, Joan Hamilton Torrey, recently retired after many years of teaching elementary children at Northern Potter School. Joan’s husband, Craig Torrey, is a dairy farmer in Andrews Settlement. Joy’s family also goes back several generations in Potter County.”
“I have deep Potter County roots and that I have a real appreciation and complete dedication to Potter County. I understand and appreciate the hard working people of Potter County who have refused to give up in the face of adversity and who continue to work and sacrifice to improve our County and to make it a better place to live and raise our families.”
“After graduating from Coudersport Area High School in 1969, I received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973 with a double major in Chemistry and Mathematics.
In 1977 I graduated with distinction from the John Marshall School of Law in Chicago. I was given the honor of being inducted into the Order of John Marshall (an honorary scholarship society for those ranking in the top 15% of the class). While at law school, I was also honored to be selected for membership in Law Review and had the exceptional privilege of having an extensive article published nationwide in the Law Review.”
“In Chicago, I wrote Appellate Briefs for the Attorney General of Illinois which were filed with the Supreme Court of Illinois. I also worked for a prestigious law firm revising a major legal Treatise which was published nationwide.”
“I had an abundance of choices and opportunities in Chicago both in the public sector (Attorney General Office) and in the private sector (prestigious private law firms). Because of my love of Potter County and my desire to come home to use my legal education for the people of Potter County, I decided to leave Chicago and return home. Even though I had a great potential for financial success and big city fame in Chicago, I chose to practice here.”
“I truly loved Potter County and I wanted to help try to solve problems for people in Potter County. So I returned home, married the most wonderful girl I had ever met, Joy, and raised two wonderful children, Danny and Andrea, of whom I am quite proud.”
“I have practiced law here in Potter County for well over 30 years. I have had my office here, in Coudersport, for the entire time. While I respect the choices of others to practice in other counties and other locations, I wanted to provide quality legal services here in Potter County.
Often, I have provided services Pro Bono (free of charge) to those which did not have the financial resources to afford them. I have made a decent living but I am not a rich man. I do, however, have the satisfaction of knowing that I have really helped many Potter County people, that I have stood up and been counted when necessary to improve justice and fairness in Potter County and that I have had a major role in stopping injustice when to do so was not a small thing.”
“In 1995, I, with the help of others, created “Potter County Habitat for Humanity, Inc.” and obtained recognition from the State and National Parent Organizations. Since then, I have donated my legal services to this fine organization. I have had a major legal role in acquisition of properties and the real estate transactions whereby these homes have been transferred to deserving participating families.”
“I practiced law in Coudersport for approximately 10 years with Mr. John B. Leete until he became Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Potter County. After Mr. Leete was sworn in as Judge, my friend and colleague, Mr. Thomas R. Shaffer, returned to Coudersport from Pittsburgh and we have practiced law together since 1988.”
“I have had the opportunity to have an extraordinarily wide and varied practice of law. I have extensive legal experience in virtually every area of law which takes place in the Potter County Courthouse including trial work involving: title and boundary line issues; trial work involving land development and zoning issues; serious misdemeanor and felony criminal trials; personal injury cases; estate disputes; contract disputes; divorce cases, custody cases; partnership and corporate disputes; disputes involving injunctions and accountings; will contest disputes; real estate sale disputes; trials involving fraud and misrepresentation; adoption matters; municipal law issues; and numerous other legal issues.”
“I have had extensive experience in the area of criminal law and juvenile delinquency cases. I have several years of experience protecting children from sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. For many years, I have had the responsibility of being the Mental Health Review Officer for Potter County.
Judge John B. Leete entrusted me to hold this office which requires me to preside over hearings and make determinations regarding whether a person should be involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility such as Warren State Hospital.”
“This is a judicial role in which I must consider and evaluate the testimony from a variety of witnesses including the hospital’s psychiatrist, the witnesses that observed the acts in question, the patient and his witnesses. The patient is always represented by an attorney to protect the many rights which a patient has. From this evidence, I make detailed determinations as to creditability and whether involuntary commitment is required.”
“Many cases involve people who are truly suicidal while others involve people who have or are likely to inflict serious bodily injury upon or kill others. In this judicial role, I must remain vigilant to guard against a person being involuntarily committed due to false or misleading testimony from people who may wish to strip a person of their normal legal rights due to improper motives. Each decision can have serious and lifelong consequences.”
“I have served in a wide variety of positions including: being the President of the Potter County Bar Association (1986 to present); being delegate for many years to the PA House of Delegates (i.e. the governing body) of the statewide Pennsylvania Bar Association; and, many other positions both public and private.”
Mr. Glassmire has, at various times, been: the Public Defender; the Solicitor for Potter County; appointed, by Judge Leete, as Guardian Ad Litem for the elderly, young children and incapacitated individuals; been Solicitor for numerous local governments such as the Coudersport Borough Council, Galeton Borough Council and many local Boards of Supervisors; and numerous other legal roles.
During his career, Mr. Glassmire has been a member of or donated legal services to the following organizations: Park United Methodist Church, several years as Chairman of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, the past few years as Chairman of the Administrative Council, and a member of the church for over 40 years; Coudersport Chamber of Commerce; Member of Potter County Visitors Association; Potter County Habitat for Humanity;
Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Solicitor and social member; Coudersport Ambulance Association, Solicitor and subscriber; Roulette Fire Company; Kettle Creek Fire Department; Kettle Creek Sportsman Association; Eulalia Lodge No. 342 F. & A. M.; Potter County Bar Association; Pennsylvania Bar Association; American Bar Association; Pennsylvania Association for Justice; American Association for Justice; Pennsylvania Bar Foundation;
Odin Grange; Potter County Fine Arts Council, Solicitor and member; General James Potter Chapter of the SAR, past President; Pennsylvania Sons of the American Revolution; National Sons of the American Revolution; Austin Dam Association; Potter County Human Services Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board; Delegate to the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates; Northwestern Legal Services, board member and past officer; Alumni Association of the University of Pittsburgh; and, John Marshall Law School Alumni Association.
“I intend to go door to door throughout Potter County. I may not see everyone but I am going to try. I hope to meet the voters and earn their support in the May 19, 2009 Primary Election.