CURRENT SENIOR JUDGES
JUDGE ROCHELLE S. FRIEDMAN
Judge Friedman was elected to Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in 1991 and retained for a second ten-year term on November 6, 2001. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her election to Commonwealth Court, she was a sole practitioner whose trial and appellate cases primarily involved criminal, first amendment and family law matters. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable James R. McGregor, as solicitor to the Honorable Robert N. Peirce, Jr., Clerk of Courts of Allegheny County, and as director of two Governor’s Justice Commission Projects, as well as acting as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. Judge Friedman has also served as a consultant to the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh and to the American University Law School, Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Program.
Judge Friedman has been admitted to the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, and Bucks and Philadelphia County Bar Associations, the Temple Inn of Court, and Chair of District 3, Pa. Chapter, National Association of Women Judges.
In 1998 Judge Friedman was selected as member of the Special Independent Prosecutor’s Panel and served as its chair through July 2001. Currently, Judge Friedman is a Board Member of the Bucks County Community College Paralegal Studies Program and Jewish Prisoner Services International and teaches continuing legal education courses for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Bucks County Bar Association in addition to law-related courses for various professional and community organizations. Active in a number of social and professional organizations, Judge Friedman has been listed in several editions of Who’s Who in American Women.
Judge Friedman, who resides in Bucks County, was married to the late Irwin Mark Samuels and has two daughters and three grandchildren.
VISITING SENIOR JUDGES
JUDGE KEITH B. QUIGLEY
Judge Quigley joined the Commonwealth Court as a visiting senior judge in 2004. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College and the Dickinson School of Law. He was a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve and was a district attorney in Perry County for five years.
Judge Quigley was appointed president judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the 41st Judicial District (Perry and Juniata Counties) in 1976 and was elected president judge in 1977. He was retained by the voters of Perry and Juniata counties in 1987 and 1997.
Judge Quigley is married and is the proud father of three sons.
JUDGE J. WESLEY OLER, JR.
Judge Oler joined the Commonwealth Court as a visiting senior judge in 2012. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and Georgetown Law School. He clerked for the Honorable Robert Lee Jacobs of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, maintained a general practice of law, and served as a public defender.
Judge Oler was elected to the Court of Common Pleas of Cumberland County in 1991 and was retained by the voters in 2001.