Congressman Paul Kanjorski’s Remarks on Democrat Judge Ciavarella as read into the Congressional Record of the House of Representatives:
Thursday, March 9, 2006
Mr. KANJORSKI. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to ask you and my esteemed colleagues in the House of Representatives to pay tribute to Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr., who is being honored by the Wilkes-Barre Friendly Sons of St. Patrick as their 2006 ‘‘Man of the Year.’’
A son of Mary Cunningham Ciavarella and the late Mark A. Ciavarella, Sr., Judge Ciavarella was born and raised in the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Following his graduation from St. Mary’s High School, he earned his Bachelor of Arts
degree with honors in history/government and pre-law from King’s College. While at King’s he attained membership in the Aquinas Honor Society.
He was awarded his Juris Doctorate degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 1975. While at Duquesne, he was inducted into the Order of Barristers, which is an organization that recognizes individuals who have attained outstanding achievement in appellate advocacy.
From 1975 until 1995, Judge Ciavarella maintained a private law practice in the City of
Wilkes-Barre. He was a partner in the law firm of Lowery, Ciavarella and Rogers. From 1976 until 1978, he served as solicitor for the City of Wilkes-Barre and from 1978 until December 31, 1995 he served as solicitor for the Wilkes-Barre City Zoning Hearing Board.
In November of 1995, he was elected to the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas and
in November 2005, he was retained by the voters of Luzerne County for another 10-year term.
Judge Ciavarella was formerly a member of Wilkes-Barre Police Civil Service Commission; the pastoral council and finance committee of St. Therese’s Church in Wilkes-Barre; Scranton Catholic Diocesan School Board; United Rehabilitation Services, Inc.; Wilkes-Barre Area School District Long Range Planning Committee; Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center Girls Co-Swim Coach and a member of the board of directors of the Luzerne County Association for Retarded Citizens. He also served as chairman of the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center’s Board of Directors and he was an assistant little league coach.
Judge Ciavarella is currently a member of the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center’s
Board of Directors and the Wilkes-Barre Chapter of UNICO. In addition to his duties handling criminal and civil judicial matters, he also serves as Luzerne County Juvenile Court Judge.
Judge Ciavarella is married to the former Cindy Baer. The couple has three children. Mr. Speaker, please join me in congratulating Judge Ciavarella on the occasion of this fine honor. Judge Ciavarella has served his community well both on the bench of the Luzerne County Court and in the many leadership roles he has undertaken with numerous civic organizations. The quality of life in the greater Wyoming Valley is made better due to the works of people like Judge Mark Ciavarella.