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Public defender announces run for district judge

Local attorney Casey McClain announced his candidacy this week for district judge representing Patton, Ferguson, Halfmoon and parts of College townships. McClain has been a criminal defense lawyer with the Centre County Public Defender Office for 13 years.
Local attorney Casey McClain announced his candidacy this week for district judge representing Patton, Ferguson, Halfmoon and parts of College townships. McClain has been a criminal defense lawyer with the Centre County Public Defender Office for 13 years. Photo provided

Local attorney Casey McClain announced his candidacy this week for district judge representing Patton, Ferguson, Halfmoon and parts of College townships.

McClain has been a criminal defense lawyer with the Centre County Public Defender Office for the past 13 years.

He has also served as an adjunct professor and co-director of an experiential learning program at the Penn State School of Law. For the past seven years he has been a guest judge for the law school’s trial advocacy course.

McClain sits on the Centre County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, is a graduate of Leadership Centre County and serves on the board of directors for Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art. In 2014, he was the first recipient of the John R. Miller Jr. Civility Award given by the judges of Centre County. He was recently named to the Board of Governors for the Centre County Bar Association.

“I am seeking this position to further dedicate my career to public service,” McClain said in his announcement. “I will maintain the public trust and bring the necessary integrity to the position by ruling with a fundamental fairness for all who come before the court. My primary goal for the position is to have a progressive community service program that serves as both a punishment as well as a benefit to our shared neighborhoods.”

McClain is a longtime resident of Centre County. He lives in Patton Township with his wife, Lucy, and their 2-year-old son.

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