Kenneth J. Powell Jr., a Grays Ferry native, is currently seated on the bench of the Philadelphia Municipal Court. His term expires Jan.12, 2012. He is runing for the Court of Common Pleas. He did not secure a Democratic nomination, so will be appearing on the Republican ticket for Municipal Court Nov. 8.
Native of: 28th and Dickinson streets, Grays Ferry
Reside now: Chestnut Hill
Family: Wife, Rita, and two children
Education: Bishop Neumann High School, 2600 Moore St., 1966; bachelor's degree from LaSalle College B.A., 1970; master's degree from Temple University; J.D. from Temple University School of Law
Powell: I have been on the bench for almost two-and-a-half years. I am known as a fair and impartial judge. I believe that I have a sterling reputation among all lawyers who appear before me. I am not seeking a judgeship in order to enhance my salary or change my work situation. For me, this is a calling. It is a calling I have had since I began to practice law, but I would not presume to take the bench until I had more than 30 years [of] experience as a trial lawyer. At that time, even though I was employed at a major law firm, I decided to take the bench. I had done very well as a lawyer, and now I believe I should do good for the citizens of Pennsylvania. I am comfortable in my job and have no reservations about the decisions I make. I am very conversant with the law and I apply it fairly and justly.
For more information on Kenneth J. Powell Jr., visit judgekenpowell.com.
For information on Court of Common Pleas, visit http://fjd.phila.gov/common-pleas.
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