Former Voices Board of Directors member and attorney Steve Lachman will run for the Magisterial District Judge in District 49-3-05, which covers the western half of State College Borough and Penn State’s campus. Lachman served as the Board’s Secretary from 2008 to 2010 and was responsible for securing Voices’ 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
Lachman has been an attorney since 1986. He has worked for the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office, for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and as a solo lawyer in State College. From 2008 to 2012 he taught law at the Dickinson School of Law. He has more than fifteen years of experience as an arbitrator in the Courts of Common Pleas of Centre and Allegheny Counties. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in geography from Penn State, a juris doctor cum laude from Vermont Law School, and a B.A. in political science from Vassar College.
Lachman and his family moved to the State College area in 1997 when he came to Penn State to study geography. His son Matthew is a Penn State graduate and currently works as a staffer to Senator Bob Casey. His daughter Shannon is a student in the Penn State Schreyer Honors College. His wife Kathleen is an associate professor of special education at Penn State.
Since 2010, Lachman has written a monthly opinion column in the Centre Daily Times. He is the Vice-Chair of the Moshannon Group of the Sierra Club, and he also coaches the State College Area High School Debate Team and Mock Trial Team. The Mock Trial Team has won the Pennsylvania North Central Regional Title for the past two years. Besides having served on the Voices’ Board, Lachman spent eight years as a volunteer mediator for the Center for Alternatives in Community Justice.
Speaking of his campaign, Lachman said, “I want to be District Judge because I am invested in our community and I believe fairness and justice are the most essential elements to civilization and humanity. For a lawyer, public service is the highest calling. It is also an opportunity to practice my love of the law. My only campaign promises are to: (1) uphold the law; (2) exercise the highest measure of integrity; and (3) treat everyone before me fairly, equally, and respectfully.”
Lachman plans to cross-file on both Republican and Democratic ballots. The primary election will be held on May 21st.