Honorable Kathryn Streeter Lewis
The Honorable Kathryn Streeter Lewis was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission on June 28, 2013, by the Honorable Jay Costa, Democratic Leader of the Senate of Pennsylvania.
Judge Lewis served for more than 20 years as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, First Judicial District (Philadelphia). She was appointed to the bench by Governor Robert P. Casey in 1988; elected to a 10 year term in 1989; and retained for another term in 1999.
Judge Lewis presided in all 3 Divisions of the First Judicial District, Family, Trial, and Orphans Court. In 1992, Judge Lewis was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to be Administrative Judge of the Orphans Court Division where, in addition to administrative duties, she presided over cases involving wills, trusts, estates, and guardianships. While assigned to the Family Court Division, she primarily presided over cases involving juvenile delinquency and dependency. During her tenure in the Trial Division, she presided over jury and non-jury trials of criminal cases including major felonies and homicides, non-capital and capital. Judge Lewis also supervised the Philadelphia County Investigating Grand Jury 2004-2006.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Lewis served as the First Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia. While serving in the City Solicitor’s Office her areas of practice included major commercial and housing developments, public utilities, and publicly subsidized economic development projects.
After leaving the bench, Judge Lewis served as the Executive Director of Homemaker Service of the Metropolitan Area, Inc. a non-profit corporation providing home health, skilled, and personal care services to low income, disabled, elderly, and chronically ill persons in their homes.
Judge Lewis is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law where she teaches Trial Advocacy. She also is a member of the law school’s Board of Consultors.
Through out her career, Judge Lewis has remained active in the community by serving on the boards of numerous organizations including: Visting Nurses Association of Greater Philadelphia, The Haverford School, Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors, Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates, Barristers Association of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Alliance, Villanova Law School Inn of Court, Self, Inc. Philadelphia Chapter National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division Foundation, etc.
Judge Lewis received her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Villanova University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.