The Times Leader is reporting that Governor Ed Rendell has nominated Attorney Joseph Cosgrove to fill the vacancy caused by the departure of disgraced former judge Mark Ciavarella.
From Rendell's press release:
“Joe Cosgrove is a highly intelligent and very accomplished lawyer and litigator, who has distinguished himself in the field of law as well as the general community,” Governor Rendell said. “He is an educator, a legal scholar, and a man held in very high regard by his colleagues. His nomination stands as assurance to the people to the LuzerneCounty that I am determined to appoint judges who are persons of experience, intellect and integrity.”
Cosgrove has been in private law practice since 1982. Prior to that, he was a law clerk in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, a Luzerne County Assistant Public Defender, and Luzerne County Conflict Counsel.
He has also been an adjunct faculty member at King’s College in Wilkes Barre, teaching Constitutional Law and Civil Rights. In addition, he is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Cosgrove holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Studies, a Master of Arts in Theology, and a Juris Doctorate; all from the University of Notre Dame. He also earned a Master of Studio Arts degree from MarywoodCollege in Scranton.
He is a past president of the Luzerne County Bar Association, of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a past chair of the Luzerne County Board of Elections.
Cosgrove has been a member of numerous legal advisory committees on the local, state and U.S. Appeal Court levels.