IJA International Judicial Academy

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Hon. Linda K.M. Ludgate


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Trial Judge, Court of Common Pleas, 23rd Judicial District

Judge Ludgate was first elected to the Court of Common Pleas in November 1989 for her initial 10-year term. She was retained in both 1999 and 2009. Judge Ludgate has sat on the Criminal Court since 1990, and she served on the Family Court from 1990-1992. She has been the Administrative Judge of the Criminal Division for some years. Judge Ludgate received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Alvernia University in 1977 and her J.D. from the Beasley School of Law of Temple University in 1980. While at Temple, she was the recipient of the Barristers Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and Berks County Bar Associations and a founding member of the Justice William Strong American Inn of Court. In 2008, the Governor of Pennsylvania nominated Judge Ludgate to be a member of his Advisory Board to Probation and Parole, and she was approved by the Pennsylvania Senate for a four-year term. That same year, the Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, Ron Castille, appointed her to the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission. She was re-appointed in 2010. She had been a member of the Advisory Committee to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing regarding mandatory sentences (2007-2009). Judge Ludgate is actively involved in the National and International Associations of Women Judges. She received the Presidents Award from the Pennsylvania Association of State Trial Judges for her implementation of the "Meet Your Judges" Programs in the state in 1992. Judge Ludgate has received numerous community awards including being named Trustee Emerita by Alvernia Univesity in 2007. In 2010 she was the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Anne X. Alpern Award recipient, for outstanding contributions to the profession and to women in the profession.

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