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Law School names new board members

Penn State University Dickinson School of Law recently appointed U.S. District Court judges Thomas M. Golden and Christopher C. Conner to its Board of Counselors.

Hon. Thomas M. Golden

A 1972 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law, Judge Golden was appointed by President George W. Bush on June 13, 2006, as judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to his confirmation, Judge Golden served for twenty-five years as the managing partner of the Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, law firm of Golden Masano Bradley.

An active member of the legal community, Judge Golden served as the 109th president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2003. He is a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, of which he is a Life Fellow. He is a trustee of the Pennsylvania Bar Insurance Fund & Trust and is a member of the Commission on Justice Initiatives. In 1993, Judge Golden served as president of the Berks County Bar Association. He is a former member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association and is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. For three years, Judge Golden was a member of the Continuing Legal Education Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. 

Judge Conner is a 1982 graduate of The Dickinson School of law. On August 2, 2002, he was sworn in and became the 20th judge to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania since the court’s creation in 1901.
Hon. Christopher C. Conner
Judge Conner commenced the private practice of law in 1982 with the Harrisburg law firm of Mette, Evans and Woodside. He was elected to shareholder status in 1988. From 1995 to 2002, he served as chair of the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Litigation Department.
In 2001, Judge Conner was elected vice president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is a past director of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Dauphin County Bar Association and a Life Fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. He is a past chair of the PBA Judicial Selection and Reform Committee, and he received a Special Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association for his leadership in the campaign for reform of Pennsylvania’s system of judicial discipline.
For the past twenty years, Judge Conner has been a frequent lecturer on continuing legal education topics and has served as an adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law.
The Penn State Dickinson Law School Board of Counselors provides advice and strategic guidance to the Law School and offers input on external relations from a broad range of important constituencies. The current board members include leaders such as the first Secretary of Homeland Security and former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge ’72; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge D. Brooks Smith ‘76; U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia Rambo ’62; and businessman and philanthropist Lewis Katz ’66.


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