PBLA Announces Judicial Forums for the 2021 Election

For Immediate Release – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 1, 2021 – The Pittsburgh Black Lawyers Alliance announce dates for their open candidate forums for those seeking a position as Judge for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and Allegheny County Magisterial District Judge. 


All forums will be held at 4:00pm EST via Zoom video conferencing, will be recorded and open to the public.

March 27, 2021 – 4:00pm via Zoom Video Conferencing

May 8, 2021 – 4:00pm via Zoom Video Conferencing

August 14, 2021 – 4:00pm via Zoom Video Conferencing

October 23, 2021 – 4:00pm via Zoom Video Conferencing

How to Register

The recording of each forum will be available on ThePbla.org immediately following each forum. To reserve a spot for each forum, please send an email to info@thepbla.org requesting a slot. The order of the candidates for the forum will be “first come, first served” based on your reservation. Once your request is received, we will send a confirmation email with the format and link. 

According to Attorney Frank Walker II, who serves as President of the organization, “This election is too important for the voting public to be uninformed and simple vote the name they see or hear the most during the campaign. We need to elect qualified candidates to the bench and the only way we can accomplish this goal is to have educated voters who hear from the candidates.” Vice-President Lena Henderson contends that, “[w]e finally have the opportunity to have a bench that is truly representative of our communities instead of having merely one Judge of color and calling it diversity.”

This year, there are 9 available positions for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and many contested races for Magisterial District Judge. 

Confirmed Guests (update 3/26/21)

Order of Confirmed Speakers as of 3-22-21

  1. Lisa Middleman
  2. Raymond Robinson
  3. Nicole Henry-Taylor
  4. Jimmy Sheets
  5. Zeke Rediker
  6. Pat Sweeney
  7. Giuseppe Rosselli
  8. Chuck Porter
  9. Beth Tarasi Sinatra
  10. Judge Bruce Beemer
  11. Albert Ververka
  12. Wrenna Watson
  13. Judge Mik Pappas
  14. Judge Elliot Howsie
  15. Judge Tom Caulfield
  16. Judge Scott Schricker
  17. Demetrius Baldwin
  18. Leah Duncan
  19. Jessel Costa
  20. George Heym
  21. Dan Koniecka
  22. Amanda Green-Hawkins
  23. Tiffany Sizemore
  24. Rosemary Crawford 
  25. Judge David Spurgeon
  26. Sabrina Korbel
  27. Marc Daffner
  28. Judge Maria Mclaughlin
  29. Jessica Lynch
  30. Alyssa Cowan
  31. Tayveon K. Smith
  32. Brian Malkin
  33. Judge Sierra Thomas Street
  34. Richard Ernsberger
  35. Judge Armand Martin
  36. Illan Zur
  37. Jill Beck
  38. Jason Cervone
  39. Chelsa Wagner
  40. Bryan Neft
  41. Judge Timika Lane
  42. Matt Rogers
  43. Pauline Calabrese

Forum Registration (LIMIT 500)

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Mar 27, 2021 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About the PBLA

The Pittsburgh Black Lawyers Alliance was established in 2020 with the purpose of eliminating  racism within the judicial system by advocating for criminal justice reform, engaging in community activism, forming strategic partnerships, and championing diversity in all levels of government. The PBLA is a charitable organization within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Officers: President – Frank Walker II, Vice President – Lena Henderson, Treasurer – Paul Ellis, Secretary – Amber Owens