Wednesday, January 25, 2023

William Burke Announces Intent to Run for Schuylkill County Court of Common Pleas

William Burke Announces Intent to Run for Schuylkill County Court of Common Pleas

William (“Bill”) Burke, who maintains private law offices in both Shenandoah and Port Carbon, has announced intentions as a candidate for the Schuylkill County Court of Common Pleas. 

In addition to maintaining private law practice, Burke additionally served in numerous public capacities commencing first as a law clerk to the Schuylkill County Court of Common Pleas, and thereafter, serving as an assistant district attorney and assistant public defender in the criminal court systems, as well as long time Solicitor for the Schuylkill County Recorder of Deeds Office. 

Burke additionally serves as a staff attorney for the Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services commencing civil actions in defense of senior citizens subject to neglect and exploitation. 

Burke further practices in municipal law serving the interests of numerous boroughs, townships, planning commissions, and zoning hearing boards throughout his career in Schuylkill, Luzerne, and Columbia Counties. 

Burke formerly served as an adjunct instructor at Pennsylvania State University-Schuylkill Campus. 

 “I have practiced law in excess of thirty years representing clients in a vast array of legal matters including criminal, civil, and administrative cases. My breadth of experience in various aspects of the law coupled with my constant interaction and representation of Schuylkill County residents not only provides the necessary expertise to serve as judge, but, also provides a thorough understanding of cases that confront Schuylkill County residents”, Burke said in a media release. 

Burke first graduated from Pottsville Area High School, and continued his education at the University of Scranton through earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, obtaining a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and thence receiving admission to practice as an attorney before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. 

Following legal clerkship, Burke commenced his career as a partner in law with his late father, Attorney Stanley J. Burke, Sr. Burke additionally served in a number of leadership offices as a bar association member such as President of the Schuylkill County Bar Association, President of the County Conference of Bar Leaders for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and member of the House of Delegates for the Pennsylvania Bar Association. 

Burke and his wife, Lori, reside in Port Carbon, and remain active in numerous civic and charitable endeavors. They are the parents of two children, William, 18, who attends Nativity B.V.M. High School as a senior, and intends to attend college this fall, and Anna, 14, who will commence attending Pottsville Area High School this fall as a freshman.