HARRISBURG (AP) — A 12-year veteran of the Pennsylvania Superior Court is now the appeals court’s newest president judge. Members of the mid-level appellate panel elected John Bender unanimously during a session in Harrisburg on Tuesday.
Bender is assuming the post held most recently by Correale Stevens, who was appointed to a vacancy on the state Supreme Court on July 30. The position entails supervision of the court’s budget, spending, personnel, scheduling and case management.
Bender is a graduate of Penn State and Duquesne School of Law. He’s been a magisterial district judge, a private-practice lawyer and an Allegheny County prosecutor.