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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Judge Cheryl L. Allen Speaks, Sings at Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Cheryl L. Allen, a candidate for a vacancy on the Pennsylvania Superior Court in the May primary, spoke and sang at The Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle on Sunday, April 1, 2007.
Rarely do candidates for the Appelate Courts find their way to Potter County, and many voters refuse to vote for these judges, because they know nothing about them.
Judge Cheryl L. Allen is a lifelong Pittsburgh resident and graduate of Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
The professional career of Judge Allen has been marked by a strong and consistent calling to serve Christ through public service.
Before obtaining her law degree, Judge Allen worked as an elementary school teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. As a lawyer, Judge Allen was employed with such entities as Neighborhood Legal Services, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the Allegheny County Law Department.
Judge Allen earned a merit selection appointment to the bench in 1990 and has since been elected and retained by the voters of Allegheny County. For more than a decade, and longer than any of her predecessors, Judge Allen sat in Juvenile Court.
The gravity and plight of the litigants, whether juveniles who had been charged with committing delinquent acts, or children who had suffered abuse and neglect, revealed families in acute crisis and besieged by addiction, mental illness, poverty and lack of education.
Judge Allen, as a result, became active with numerous community and social service organizations aimed at the betterment and rehabilitation of disadvantaged families and has helped to create programs such as the Birth Parent Mentoring Program which helps young single mothers manage their children and families, avoiding involvement in the Juvenile Court system; the Youth Enrichment Services Diversion Program (YES) which is a program that helps teens who are at-risk within the Juvenile Court system; and the Rankin Christian Center.
In addition, Judge Allen sits on several Boards including the Shirley H. Jordan Charitable Foundation, the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, Child Watch, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Communities in Schools, the Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions (IRETA), and Theotherapy, Inc.

Since 2004, Judge Allen has sat in Criminal Court where she presides over adult offenders.
From 2000 through 2006, Judge Allen served as an associate professor in the criminal justice department of Point Park University. Judge Allen’s recognitions and awards are numerous and include:
The 3 Rivers Youth Nellie Leadership Award
The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh 2006: A Tribute to Women award
University of Pittsburgh’s Alumni of the Year
Renaissance Magazine’s Trailblazer award
The University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Woman of the Year
Every Child, Inc.’s Champion for Permanency Award
Second Chance, Inc.’s Woman of Standard award
The Allegheny County Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice award
The Juvenile Court Judge’s Commission award
The Pennsylvania Commission for Women’s History Month award

Judge Cheryl Allen is a lifelong resident of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania). She is the eldest of five siblings to Robert and Corrine Allen. She is married to Jimmie Skipwith and is the mother of three grown sons and a grandmother of five. Raising her sons to be responsible and productive young men is her proudest accomplishment.
During her tenure in Juvenile Court, she developed and implemented innovative programs to improve the functioning of that court and to address the needs of children and parents. She spearheaded a drive to direct juvenile offenders to a path of productivity through education.
Judge Allen’s career is distinguished by an exclusive and unwavering commitment to public service. She is a productive, principled and dedicated jurist who decides cases with fairness and impartiality. She has earned the admiration of the bench and bar for her ability to manage large caseloads, and she is recognized by the bench and bar to be intelligent, experienced, articulate and fair. A dedicated public servant, she has demonstrated her responsiveness to the needs of the community and the justice system.

Even though Judge Cheryl Allen is the only Republican candidate "Highly Recommended" for the Superior Court by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Commission, and she has a current rating of "Highly Qualified" by the Allegheny County Bar Association, she was not endorsed by the State Republican Party, to fill one of the two vacancies on the court.
If you would like more information, or to volunteer to support this highly qualified candidate, who knows where Potter County is, you may click on the title of this article to go to Judge Cheryl L. Allen's website. Judge Allen's email is

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