Judge John J. Trucilla

Judge John Trucilla
Judge John Trucilla

Married to Suzanne M. Uht; six (6) children: John, Luke, Marielle & triplets-Grace, Anne & James. Erie County Court of Common Pleas, 6th Judicial District; Elected November 6, 2001; Seated January 2, 2002; President Judge (January 2016 to 2021) Administrative Judge-Family Division (January 2006 to December 2015; January 2021 to present); Born October 3, 1960 in Erie, Pennsylvania; Educated at the University of Dayton (B.A. Political Science)1982; University of Dayton School of Law (J.D.)1985; Admitted to all Pennsylvania Courts and the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; judicial law clerk to the Honorable Shad Connelly, January 1986-January 1988; Assistant District Attorney, Erie County, Pennsylvania, January 1988-April 1990; United States Department of Justice, Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, April 1990-January 2001 (Chief of the Erie Division, 1994-2001); Knox, McLaughlin, Gornall & Sennett, January 2001-June 2001; Assistant District Attorney, Erie County, Pennsylvania, Juvenile Prosecutor, June 2001-December 2001; Adjunct Professor of Law, Penn State University-The Behrend College, Erie, Pennsylvania (Criminal Law & Procedure, Constitutional Law) 1990-Present; Gannon University (Intro to Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Master’s Evidence and Master’s Courtroom Procedures); January 2002-Present; Instructor, PA State Police Academy, Northwest Training Center, 1997-2001(Presenter of local, state and federal seminars regarding miscellaneous topics involving criminal law); Member-Citizen Office of Children and Youth Oversight Committee-2006; Member-By-Laws Revision Committee of the PA Conference of State Trial Judges-2006; Member- Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Member-American Judges Association; Member-Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission; Coordinator-Committee for PA’s Roundtable for Children Initiative(2007); Member-Erie County Criminal Justice Coalition; Member-Erie Truancy Task Force, 2007-Present; Chosen as Youth Leadership Institute 2011 Person of the Year; Co-Founder of Erie County’s Parent Coordinator Committee; Selected as 2012 Honorary Chairperson of Global Youth Service Day for Erie County, April 21, 2012. Founder-“Juveniles on the Run for Success”; Member of “Flipside” initiative to deter youth gun violence, May 2015–Present; Introduced and implemented “Courthouse Comfort Canines” to Erie County Court of Common Pleas, October 2015–Present; Implemented Judicial Reinvestment Strategy, ($50,000 seed money to Erie Community Foundation); May 2016; Cathedral Preparatory President’s Hall of Fame: Distinguished Alumnus, April 2016; Boys & Girls Club Community Service Award for Commitment to Youth, October 24, 2018; PA Bar Association Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille Judge’s Award: For Commitment to Legal Aid, August 22, 2019; Gannon University CHESS (College of Humanities, Education & Social Sciences) outstanding adjunct professor award 2020-2021, May 2021.