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Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Administration of Justice, Crime & Law, Government & Public Administration

Mission: Our mission is to ensure that Pennsylvania has fair and impartial courts that serve all Pennsylvanians.

Results: Most recently, we released our Report and Recommendations on Improving Pennsylvania's Judicial Discipline Process.

Target demographics: All Pennsylvanians

Direct beneficiaries per year: Court users

Geographic areas served: Pennsylvania

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

FIRST IMPRESSION:

The American legal system like the US political needs a general overhaul from top to bottom as it is based solely on contrived pompous conjecture. For honestly Vice President Biden in speaking on the place of the US in the world regarding infrastructure and Laguardia says it look like a Third World country. Where the health care system has highly infant mortality rates than third world countries, lower standards of education living etc and more productivity than any country in the world as its people are pushed into slavery while the legal system represents more and more private corporate interests where whether judges are elected or appointed is irrelevant as both the two system are corrupt a police state by committee or by tyrant the result is all the same. Where legal professionals are force fed pipe dreams about making the big bucks until they puke in what is never manifest except by selling out and becoming just another part of the problem which seems to serve as window dressing. Where I would rather be called nasty things because I am out spoken rather than being a sellout.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMC is a fantastic organization that advocates for the most important issues that you probably haven't considered. State courts play a pivotal role in everyone's daily lives, and PMC is working tirelessly to make those courts better. The staff is dedicated to the mission. Nothing speaks more highly of this organization than the retention rate of volunteers. Once you walk through the doors at PMC, you are a member of the family...for life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is a fantastic organization and I am lucky to be a part of it. Their single minded focus on issues of access to justice and fair courts has made a real impact in Pennsylvania.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMC provides the public with important and current updates on the PA court system. My experiences with PMC have taught me so much about the PA judicial system and what it takes to succeed as a non profit. Its mission, fair and impartial courts, is a goal that all should strive to achieve.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PMC provides citizens with important information that they can use to become more informed about the justice system in Pennsylvania.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PMC has been the best, most outspoken voice on the crucial issues of Judicial independence, and non-partisan selection of judges. Their staff is intelligent and persistent in achieving their goal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a lot of respect for PMC’s tireless work on reforming the judicial selection process in Pennsylvania. PMC has an exceptionally dedicated staff, and they work very hard to ensure that not partisan politics but candidate’s qualifications guide who is entrusted with serving on the bench. One can especially appreciate how important PMC’s advocacy of merit selection is in light of a recent Supreme Court decision in Caperton v. Massey that stressed that judicial election campaign contributions can create appearance of partiality – “a serious risk of actual bias.” PMC’s work on improving the judicial discipline system, on eliminating bias from the court system, on educating the public about using Pennsylvania courts, and on the jury system is equally important.


Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMC is a great tool for people to understand and effectively use Pennsylvania's courts. In addition, they are a great watchdog for the state and are extremely effective at disseminating and keeping the public informed about court justice.

Heather A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMC offers accessible, timely information about the state of judicial elections in Pennsylvania, as well as workable solutions to address its flaws. I particularly recommend its website and knowledgeable staff as resources for questions about reforming judicial elections and improving jury participation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PMC is a tremendous organization spearheaded by very passionate, intelligent leaders. Anyone following the courts system in Pennsylvania knows that PMC provides a critical voice on important issues.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The information I get from from PMC is up to date and very informative!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts may be primarily known for it advocacy for merit selection of judges. Lesser is known for its many other important activities, such as:

1. Participation in continuing legal education programs related to judicial independence and ethics
2. Involvement in a challenge to federal campaign finance laws
3. Efforts to improve the jury system, increase the number and diversity of citizens reporting for jury duty, and enhance the juror experience.
4. Advocacy for a new Family Court facility in Philadelphia.

The the above are only some of PMC's activities to increase public faith in our judicial system.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts advocates for the integrity of our judicial system and increases public awareness of this important issue. They do it in a way that helps the public understand the complexity of such a critical issue -- as well as the results of a non-merit based selection system. I echo the sentiments of prior-commenter Dave -- the Luzerne County court scandal sheds light on the need for system for reform. PMC is leading the charge.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts cares about the integrity of our justice system. They advocate on behalf of all Pa citizens in working to keeep our judiciary fair and balanced. It's abuot understanding and embracing the judicial branch of government for fairness and equality for all.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is important for the public to be properly educated on this subject. Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts provides a balanced, well thought out position for those of us who need to be kept informed on this matter.

Joelle K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PMC is educating the public on the ramifications of an elected judiciary and is effectively promoting a solution where the public has a voice but the objectivity of judges is not called into question. Between their insightful posts on their blog, their position papers and their involvement in the community, the leadership of PMC is educating all of us on what are the consequences of electing judges and what are the possibilities for a fair and impartial judiciary.

K.o. M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a former co-op student, intern, and public interest fellow with Pennsylvanians For Modern Courts, and I recently accepted a position with a national judicial policy group. With a small staff and limited resources, PMC educates and informs the public on a number of important issues about judges, judicial selection, and the court system. They do great work on topics that are important to the Pennsylvania judiciary, and the staff is extremely dedicated to their work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had worked for PMC for years and have always respected the organization for its hard work, determination, and social justice focus. PMC is so passionate about the judicial causes it champions, which is amazing. I know the staff and organization work so hard to make the judicial system better, and they do make it better. I am proud to have worked for PMC and to still know the organization and its staff. They do so much for Pennsylvania and stay so well informed, educated, and positive in bettering the judicial process/system.

Danielle G.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The staff at PMC are Pennsylvania's foremost advocates for court reform. They are so passionate about what they do, and as Sarah H. mentioned, they accomplish so much with so little. Judicial reform is, unfortunately, a pretty unglamorous issue to most citizens around the state, which is sad considering what a huge impact the court has on our daily lives. PMC works hard every day to bring this issue to life for the average Pennsylvanian.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Given the recent judicial scandal in Luzerne County, it's vital that we in Pennsylvania work to reform our courts and PMC has been a voice for change. PMC advocates for merit selection, making courts more accountable, improving access to the court and a host of other court-related issues. They do important work and we can only hope that those in Harrisburg take heed of what PMC is saying.