Dear Voter,

The past five years have flown by. Now I am running for re-election to serve as your Magisterial District Judge for a second term. I have worked hard to earn your trust. In my campaign literature from 2013, I made this promise to you:

MY PROMISE is to uphold the law and foster the State College community. I will treat everyone respectfully and decide each case individually. I will hold those who do wrong accountable, but will never be mean spirited. Your vote is a sacred trust.

I have done my best to fulfill that promise, but let me take this opportunity to renew my vow. District Judges see similar cases over and over – as an example, with much of Penn State in my jurisdiction, I have handled thousands of underage drinking citations. I still treat each defendant as an individual. I do what I can to send each down a path to success.

Over the past five years I have had the chance to think and write about the law and to serve the legal community. I have published two scholarly articles in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Quarterly and one in The Pennsylvania Lawyer. I serve on the Centre County Criminal Justice Advisory Board and the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Judicial Administration Committee. I am also the Regional Coordinator for the Pennsylvania High School Mock Trial Competition. And, I am a member of the Centre County Bar Association, participating in the Wilkinson-Campbell Inn of Court.

Community is very important to the justice system in Centre County. I have developed strong working relationships with local police, attorneys, court administrators, Court of Common Pleas Judges, and my fellow Magisterial District Judges. Our goal is always to provide fair justice and good service. My staff does their best to answer your questions, solve your problems, and treat you with courtesy.

Thank you for considering voting for me. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at

Judge Steve Lachman

Magisterial District Court 49-3-05