Robert Baldi

Robert Baldi

English, 1971

Judge, Bucks County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas

After a stint clerking for the Hon. Edmond V. Ludwig in the same Bucks County Court of Common Pleas where I would eventually preside, I worked as a trial lawyer in the Bucks County Public Defender's Office.

I have been a member of the Bucks County and American Bar Associations for more than 30 years and was a partner in the firm Baldi, Jenei and Cohen P.C. before being named judge.

A judge's terrain is very different from a lawyer's. It's a step from before when I was just someone's advocate. Now, I actually try to resolve problems with two lawyers and the people. I try to find common ground and I try to protect both sides' positions.

I began my career expecting to major in political science, but I instead became an English major. I wanted to be a lawyer before I came to Lycoming. But that spirit of helping others and fighting for the underdog was nurtured by literature and things that I would do at the school. At that time, there was real political unrest. It's critical for a judge to have a broad range of experience.