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About Rosemary

 

“I believe in a fair and impartial court system where age, disability, race, gender, and income play no role in our access to justice and freedom.”

Rosemary Crawford is a candidate for Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County in order to make a difference in the lives of children and families in our region.  When elected she will likely be assigned to the Family Division where she can have a positive impact on children – many who face mental health issues as well as trauma in their young lives.  Rosemary also want to serve the senior citizens who face dementia, elder, abuse, and individuals facing addiction.  Rosemary is one of the people and wants to be the peoples’ judge.

Rosemary Crawford is a 30-year attorney, who received her Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center, and her Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes College.  She serves as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  She ran for judge Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in the May 2013 primary and garnered over 21,000 votes.

As Chapter 7 Trustee, Rosemary serves a quasi-judicial role presiding over thousands of complex bankruptcy meeting of creditors, and she handles case administration, including litigation.  She has extensive experience in civil litigation, family law, and employment law as well as bankruptcy, and appellate practice.  In particular, she successfully argued a precedential matter before the Third Circuit. 

Rosemary was a member of the Bankruptcy Court Mediation Panel, and is a certified Arbitrator for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Better Business Bureau.  She was a member of the Mediation Council for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the National Association for Community Mediation, and the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators.  Rosemary has served on the Boards of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association, and the Homer S. Brown Association.   She is Past Director of Legal Resources at the YWCA.  During her tenure she trained pro bono attorneys in the region on the divorce process so that they would be able to serve.  Rosemary also provided pro bono representation to indigent individuals in protection from abuse matters. 

She has practiced with some of Pittsburgh’s finest law firms – McGuire Woods, LLP, Tucker Arensberg, P.C., and Pietragallo Bosick & Gordon, where she represented Plaintiff and Defendants in Employment Law.    She also served as a Trial Attorney with the Department of Justice where she successfully litigated Vaccine Litigation cases.  She served as an adjunct Professor of Employment Law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, and has taught Criminal Procedure and Business Law at the Community College of Allegheny County.  Rosemary was selected by The Honorable Donetta Ambrose, then Chief Judge of the Western District of Pennsylvania to serve as a Member of the Federal Rules Advisory Committee for 2000-2001.  As a Member of the Committee she was instrumental in forming the rules governing our region.  In particular, the Committee focused on the Mediation process in the Federal Courts, which impacted present day Mediation procedures.  Rosemary is a certified Mediator through the CVVC Dialogue and Resolution Center and she has attended Master Mediation Programming.  She also successfully completed the BBB’s multi-day Arbitration Training Course and in 2012 was certified in Conflict Resolution & Mediation by CVCC. Similarly is a certified arbitrator with FINRA.

Rosemary has been recognized for her achievements and service as a recipient by her community with the following: 2019 Cribs for Kids Woman of Achievement Award, 2019 Talk Magazine 100 Pennsylvania Women of Influence, 2017 MAASV Award Outstanding Service Award, 2017 NAACP Phenomenal Woman of Justice Award , 2016 African American Leadership Influential Leader Award, nominated for a 2015 Athena Award, nominated for the 2015 Circle of Influence Award, 2014 AALA Person of Influence, 2012 Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. Service Award, the 2011 Own Woman Network Award, the 2009 Women and Girls Club Art of Justice Award, the 2009 Pittsburgh Courier 50 Women of Excellence, the 1998 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, the Special Achievement Award for sustained superior performance by the Department of Justice, and the 1999 Top 40 Leaders Under 40 by Pittsburgh Magazine.

She is a featured conference and local television speaker on social justice, economic and financial literacy issues, having appeared on WPXI’s Impact, Talking Pittsburgh, and the Lynn Hayes Freeland Show.  She is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated, the Links, Inc., North Hills Ebony Women, Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, and Allison Park Church.  

Acknowledgments and Awards

U.S. Department of Justice

• Award for Superior Performance

OWN Onyx Woman Network

• Legacy Award

Pittsburgh Magazine

• 40 Under 40

The New Pittsburgh Courier

• Woman of Excellence

Legal Excellence:

• US Department of Justice Award for Superior Performance

• Member of the Board of Governors Allegheny

County Bar Association (ACBA)

• Former Member of the PA House of Delegates

• 30 years as an Attorney

• Georgetown Law School Graduate

• Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee

• Admitted to the United States Supreme Court

  • Broad range of legal experience and dedicated to public service
  • In 2013, she ran for judge and received 21,000 votes and was the only candidate endorsed by every major newspaper: Post-Gazette, Tribune Review and the Pittsburgh Courier

Committee to Elect Rosemary Crawford
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