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August 29, 2016

Judge Mark I. Bernstein to Receive the Justice Brennan Award at Bench-Bar

Judge Photo Judge Mark I. Bernstein has served as a judge of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania since April 1987. He teaches evidence and civil procedure on the faculty of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University and he is the author of comprehensive comments on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence published by Gann Law Books. Judge Bernstein was instrumental in designing and implementing the Day Forward Case Management system for the First Judicial District, helping to turn a backlogged court into one of the most efficient and admired case management systems in the United States. He has served in leadership positions in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Commerce Court and the First Judicial District's Class Action Program, and as a civil trial team leader for many years. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has appointed Judge Bernstein to serve on important committees concerned with the quality of justice, including the Civil Jury Instruction Committee, publisher of Standard Jury Instructions; and the Medical Malpractice Mediation Task Force encouraging alternatives to litigation in malpractice claims.

The Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

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