State judge to speak at MLK convocation

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Waynesburg University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Convocation will take place at 11 a.m. Jan. 21 in Roberts Chapel. State Superior Court Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen will present. Admission is free, and the public is invited.


Allen will also present a lecture, “Meet the Judge,” at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall.


Beginning her career as an elementary school teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Allen was elected to the Superior Court in November 2007.


After graduating from law school, the Pittsburgh native worked as an attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and Allegheny County Law Department. She also maintained a small civil practice.


In spring 1990, Allen earned a merit selection appointment to the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, where she served in the Criminal Division. She was then elected to a 10-year term in November 1991 and was assigned to the juvenile section of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. The voters retained Allen for a second 10-year term in November 2001, and she continued to serve until April 2004.


While serving in Juvenile Court, Allen was appointed to the Supreme Court’s Juvenile Court Judges Commission. On April 12, 2004, she returned to the criminal division, where she served until her election to the Superior Court.


She holds degrees from Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


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