Election of Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania Judges

Over the years, we have had blog entries on many different topics of interest to the injured worker in PA. One theme we have never dealt with, however, is the emotionally-charged area of politics. While we generally try to avoid politics, we would be remiss if we did not comment about one of the candidates for Judge on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

As loyal readers of our blog know, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania is the next appellate level, above the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (WCAB). This Court must address many issues directly impacting the lives of injured workers in PA. Judges on this Court are elected in the general election. We believe it is important for voters to be informed, allowing them to make the best decisions possible.

One of the candidates for Commonwealth Court Judge in the election coming up on November 8 is Kathryn Boockvar. Back in June of this year, we attended the 10th Annual Workers’ Compensation Conference in Hershey, PA, which is presented by The Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. In addition to the many attorneys who practice in the area of PA workers’ comp, we noticed Ms. Boockvar in attendance. We were both impressed and encouraged that Ms. Boockvar was interested enough in the PA workers’ compensation system to attend such an event. In addition to her obvious interest in workers’ compensation, her resume shows that she spent much of her career representing disabled individuals.

Again we do not normally get involved in politics or in telling people for whom to vote. However, we do believe that everyone should be informed so that when they vote they know who potentially may have their interests in mind. We suggest that you take the time to research Ms. Boockvar’s qualifications. By reviewing her website, informed voters can make their own decisions as to who to vote for on November, 8, 2011.