Biographical Information on Dems Seeking Judicial Seats on Court of Common Pleas
In 2019, there are 4 open seats on the 21-judge bench of the Court of Common Pleas. Currently that bench is entirely Republican. In 2017, Delco’s Democratic candidate came within 1 percentage point of placing a single Democrat on the court. That was with just one seat open. With four seats open this time around, 2019 can be our history-making year. Below are the Democrats seeking endorsement from the Delco Dems at the nominating convention on Feb. 24.
Lawrence DeMarco: The founder and host of Delaware County Political News on YouTube, DeMarco interviews public officials, political candidates, and policy experts on issues relevant to the county. A partner in DeMarco & DeMarco, P.C., with offices in downtown Philadelphia and Havertown, he specializes in litigation involving workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, sexual assault, and personal injury. DeMarco has a B.A. from Dickinson College, a law degree from Villanova and post-graduate degree from Temple Law School in Trial Advocacy. He served as Democratic Committee in Philadelphia, 1999-2007 and has been on Democratic Committee in Nether Providence since 2010. He also served a two-year term as chair of the Nether Providence Democrats. DeMarco lives in Wallingford with his wife and two sons, ages 16 and 2.
Kelly Eckel: A partner at the Duane Morris LLP law firm in Philadelphia, Eckel specializes in civil matters. Since being selected to serve as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association in 2010, much of her legal practice has involved serving as a private judge in range of civil disputes. She was the sole Democratic candidate for Court of Common Pleas in 2017, winning more votes than any prior Democratic candidate running for that judgeship. Eckel has a BA from Harvard University, a law degree from Temple Law School, and clerked for a federal judge before joining Duane Morris 20 years ago. A resident of Upper Providence Township, Eckel and her husband swim with the U.S. Masters Swimming Organization. She has served on the board of Newtown Square’s Suburban Seahawks Swim Club, and both of her teenage daughters are competitive swimmers.
Mike Farrell: In addition to his work as an attorney in private practice in Media, Farrell also serves on the Advisory Council for ‘Rev Up,’ a program run by the American Association of People with Disabilities that seeks to increase the participation of disabled citizens in elections. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus in his local parish and served for 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Farrell earned a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. degree from Cornell University Law School. He is an elected Democratic Party Committee member, was a candidate for state senate in 2006 and 2010, and ran for a judgeship on the Court of Common Pleas in 2007. Farrell lives in Springfield.
William ‘Al’ Jacobs: In his second term on Council for the City of Chester where he is also Director of Public Safety overseeing an $11 million budget for the Fire Department, Bureau of Health and License & Inspection Department. Jacobs is an Attorney in Media with Kenneth R. Schuster & Associates. Having served our Country in the Delaware Army National Guard for six years, Attorney Jacobs continued his career applying the discipline imparted as a serviceman. He serves as a Solicitor for Chester Township and as an Attorney for the Chester-Upland School District Hearing Board. He has a B.S. degree from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, a M.A. in Political Science from Howard University, and J.D., degree from Widener University School of Law. He served for eight years as the Assistant Public Defender in the Media court system. Jacobs lives in Chester and the proud father of five and the eldest has followed in his footsteps earning a law degree.
Jacquie Jones: A lawyer in Delaware County since earning her law degree from Georgetown University in 2000, she is the proprietor of Jones & Associates Law PC in Media. Jones is currently a Director on the Chichester School Board, a member of the board of the Ray of Hope Foundation sponsored by her church, St. Daniel’s United Methodist, and a member of the service-based Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Prior to attending law school, Jones graduated from Chichester High School in Delaware County and earned a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University. She lives with the two daughters she adopted after her brother’s death.
Stephanie Klein: Magisterial District Judge for Media, Nether Providence, and Swarthmore for 18 years (1995-2013), she was the first woman and the first Democrat elected to that post and was re-elected twice. Currently a mediator and arbitrator in civil matters with ADR Options, Klein worked for Legal Aid in Maryland on cases involving veterans’ rights, unemployment and Social Security disability benefits. She also ran the pro bono program at Legal Aid in Chester. She currently chairs the Pro Bono Committee and co-chairs the Women in the Law Committee for the Delco Bar Assoc. and is a board member of Legal Aid of Southeastern PA. A graduate of SUNY Binghamton with a law degree (Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C.) she lives in Nether Providence with her husband, David, and has two adult daughters.
Lloyd Long: Lloyd Long III is a civil rights and criminal defense attorney. He graduated with honors from Rutgers Law School, where he was the Articles Editor for the Rutgers Journal of Law and Urban Policy, and a law clerk at the US Attorney’s Office in Camden. Mr. Long began his legal career at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. He has tried dozens of jury trials and hundred of bench trials to verdict, and handled over two hundred cases in Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. Mr. Long resides in Nether Providence with his wife, Michelle, and their children, Olivia and Gabrielle.
Rick Lowe: Swarthmore’s first Democratic mayor, 2010-2014, and Swarthmore Borough Solicitor, 1997-2000, Lowe now resides in Middletown Township. He has served on Committee for the MidCounty Democrats, has been an Election Protection lawyer for years, and has helped lead the Credentials Committee at recent Delco Dems nominating conventions. With a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from New York University, Lowe is a partner at the Duane Morris LLP law firm in Philadelphia where he specializes in construction matters. He sits on the Board of the American College of Construction Lawyers and has served on its Diversity Committee. As a volunteer at SCI Phoenix maximum security prison, Lowe has designed and taught a course on the U.S. Constitution and is currently the outside liaison for inmates seeking legislation seeking parole eligibility for “lifers.” Rick lives with his wife Margie McAboy. His two daughters both work in Pennsylvania on transportation issues.
Leo Pall: An attorney in Upper Darby, this is Pall’s first run for public office. He has worked as a lawyer in Delaware County for 35 years. In his current practice, he takes on criminal defense cases, divorce and family law cases, as well as personal injury and real estate cases. Pall has a B.S. degree from the University of Scranton and a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America. He lives in Havertown with his wife and has three grown children and four grandchildren.
Nusrat Rashid: An attorney in her own practice in the City of Chester, Rashid specializes in criminal and family law. After clerking for a judge in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County and working as an associate in two different law firms for a dozen years, she opened The Rashid Firm in 2010, representing both private and court-appointed clients in court. Rashid has served as acting Zoning Solicitor for Chester Township. She grew up in York, PA., earned a B.A. at Swarthmore College and graduated from Temple University School of Law. Rashid has been on the board of her neighborhood civic association, supervised a college scholarship program, and worked with the Delaware County Bar Association on its outreach program in the Chester public schools. She is a widow, the mother of three children, aged 10-20, and lives in Chester Township.